TESCO in Trouble as Sausages Infect Brits With Hepatitis E

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TESCO has today been identified as the supermarket whose sausages may have infected thousands of Brits with a virus from EU pigs.

Public Health in England has traced the shopping habits of 60 people infected with a strain of hepatitis and found all ate own-brand sausages from “Supermarket X”.

Its been confirmed that Tesco is the supermarket affected, after health officials initially refused to name the chain.

News spreading around confirms Pork imported from Holland and Germany is said to be behind the outbreak

The Diseases HEV G3-2 strain of hepatitis E is transmitted by sausages and pork products from Europe — mainly Holland and Germany — as UK pigs do not have the strain.

Hepatitis can cause neurological and liver cirrhosis damage.

This findings have caused such concern as blood donations are now being screened for the virus, as well as donated organs and tissues too.

Most reports say victims had bought own-brand sausages or pre-packed sliced ham from the same chain.

The PHE today confirmed Tesco as “Supermarket X”, after initially – along with the Food Standards Agency refusing to name one.

According to The Sun Online Dr Jenny Harries, from PHE, said: “Tesco was not named in our study because we attach no fault to the company.

Liver cirrhosis is known to be one potential result of the infection.

“The risk to public health in England from hepatitis E infection is low, it is usually a mild, self-limiting illness which most people will clear without any symptoms.

“Most of the cases involved the G3-2 hepatitis E strain,has not been found in The UK pigs, and the appearance of this strain is likely to reflect complex animal health practices within Europe, rather than any processes used by the retailer.

“PHE said it understands all sausages sold under the Tesco brand are exclusively sourced within the UK.

“The Food Standards Agency is working with government, industry bodies and scientists across Europe to better understand and address the risk of food borne hepatitis E infection.”

Researchers tracked 60 infected people — but estimated that between 150,000 to 200,000 Brits a year are infected by the imported pork.

According to Experts the risk of hepatitis E was low, adding it typically clears up on its own without showing symptoms.

Two PHE studies from 2011 also pointed at “Supermarket X’s” pork products as a key source of the virus, but again did not name the retailer.

The new research began in 2014 and was completed early last year but concerns over its “sensitivity” meant it has only recently been published.

A Tesco spokesman said: “Tesco welcomes PHE’s statement that recognises Tesco products were not the cause of the hepatitis E infections in its research.

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“The sausages on sale at Tesco at the time of the research were sourced from the UK and continue to be today.

“We do of course recognise the risk of hepatitis E in pork and work very closely with farmers, suppliers, PHE, FSA and the industry to reduce its risk.

“We also provide customers with easy to follow advice on the packaging of all our pork products setting out how to handle it safely and cook it thoroughly.”

Asked why it had not initially identified “Supermarket X”, PHE said: “The association with it does not infer any blame.”

Thousands of Brits could be infected with a virus found in sausages and pork products bought in a UK supermarket.

The report said: “The implicated products are pork sausages, which require cooking prior to consumption, and ready-to-eat pre-packed sliced ham.”

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According to The Sun: The authors of the study said it was a problem for the all meat producers and all retailers as so many animals had become infected.

Most people infected with the virus suffered few symptoms, but some became seriously unwell – such as people with a suppressed immune system and older men.

It is estimated that up to two per cent of those infected became ill.

One man suffered a paralysed diaphragm after getting the virus from infected salami.

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