Listeriosis spike sparks food safety warning

Eight listeria infections were reported in December, compared to an average of just three cases a month, said Dr Jeremy McAnulty, director of Health Protection NSW.

No link was identified between the recent cases.

“Listeria infection is rare, but it can cause miscarriages in pregnant women and death for people with weakened immune systems,” Dr McAnulty said.

All the cases were aged between 64 and 90 and none were fatal, but authorities believe the rise in cases indicates people at risk are unaware of the potential harm of