AN NHS food probe was ordered after the deaths of two more patients were linked with pre-packed sarnies.

The “root and branch” review follows a listeria outbreak now suspected of claiming five lives.

 Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: 'I’ve been incredibly concerned'

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Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: ‘I’ve been incredibly concerned’Credit: AP:Associated Press

Health Secretary Matt Hancock who ordered the probe said: “I’ve been incredibly concerned.”

Listeria is a bacteria that can cause the infection listeriosis if ingested.

The patients who died are believed to have eaten sandwiches and salads from The Good Food Chain which supplied 43 NHS trusts.

The first three deaths were in Manchester and Liverpool.

Listeria is a bacteria that can cause the infection listeriosis if ingested.

Public Health England (PHE) said investigations into the outbreak are ongoing and are being conducted in partnership with the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

The affected products have since been withdrawn from hospitals.

The Good Food Chain said in a statement: “Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with the families of those who have died and anyone else who has been affected by this outbreak.

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“The underlying cause remains unclear. We are co-operating fully with the Food Standards Agency.”

Pregnant women and people with underlying health conditions can find more information on the NHS website.

 Five hospital patients have now died after a listeria outbreak linked to pre-packaged sandwiches prepared by The Good Food Chain

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Five hospital patients have now died after a listeria outbreak linked to pre-packaged sandwiches prepared by The Good Food ChainCredit: The Good Food Chain

 

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