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5 die in UK listeria outbreak linked to hospital food

June 15, 2019
FILE - In this file photo dated Tuesday, April 2, 2019, Britain's lawmaker Matt Hancock arrives for a cabinet meeting at 10 Downing Street, London. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said that after the first round of voting, it was clear he did not have the backing to win the Conservative Party leadership and has withdrawn from the race Friday June 14, 2019.(AP Photo/Matt Dunham, FILE)

LONDON (AP) — The British government has ordered a review of hospital food after five patients died in a listeria outbreak linked to sandwiches and salads.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said Saturday he wants “a radical new approach” to the food served in hospitals.

Officials have linked the outbreak to food from the Good Food Chain, which supplies dozens of U.K. hospitals, and to a meat supplier for the company.

Three of the patients died at hospitals in Manchester and Liverpool in northwest England. The other two locations have not been identified.

Public Health England says no deaths have been reported since the affected products were withdrawn in late May.

Listeria is a bacteria that usually causes mild illness in healthy people, but can be fatal to those with weakened immune systems.

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