COPENHAGEN, Aug. 19 (Xinhua) -- Another person has died after being infected with listeria bacteria from a Danish sausage company, bringing the death toll of the disease outbreak to 13, the State Serum Institute (SSI) said Tuesday.
A total of 24 people have so far been confirmed of infection, as three new cases were reported on Monday, according to the SSI.
A Hedehusene-based sausage company, Joern A. Rullepoelser A/S, has proved to be the main source of infection. The company has been shut down and all its products were withdrawn from shelves.
On Sunday, the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration submitted a report on its handling of the listeria outbreak, saying it did not respond quickly enough in tracing the problem.
“When it is proved there is a direct connection between the food products and deaths, the authorities should immediately launch a thorough investigation of the specific company," Minister for food, agriculture and fishery Dan Joergensen said in a press release.
“That hasn’t happened quickly enough, which is lamentable,” said the minister.
The head of the emergency management unit of the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration was removed from his post.