The public prosecutor Kassel has initiated a preliminary investigation against the managing director of the Wilke Waldecker meat and Wurstwaren GmbH. It is determined because of the initial suspicion of negligent homicide and violation of food law, said a spokesman for the authority.
The goods of the hessian butchery Wilke are associated with two deaths in southern Hesse and 37 cases of illness due to germ-laden sausage.
The procedure was initiated due to the criminal complaint of the district Waldeck-Frankenberg, communicated the public prosecutor's office. The main object of the proceedings was the investigation of the two deaths.
The cause, according to a district spokesman, was listeria found in the company's meat. In healthy people, Listeria can cause flu-like symptoms. However, for high-risk groups, including the elderly or pregnant women, the bacteria can also be fatal.
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The Consumer Protection Ministry in Wiesbaden published a list of affected trademarks and trade names on Monday. If the products bear the "DE EV 203 EG" identification mark, they are affected. (Read here which brands are affected.)
The consumer organization Foodwatch had given the authorities until Tuesday a deadline to issue a customer list of the North Hesse sausage manufacturer. "We want to know what has been known to the authorities about the sales and distribution points of the recalled Wilke products," said Rücker.