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Thousands at risk of pig virus from ‘Supermarket X’ sausages

Thousands at risk of pig virus from ‘Supermarket X’ sausages

A leading British supermarket may unwittingly have infected thousands of people with a pig virus that causes liver cirrhosis and neurological damage, say researchers at Public Health England. Hepatitis E (HEV) is transmitted by sausages and pork products from Europe, mainly Holland and Germany. UK pigs do not have the virus strain in question.

Scientists at PHE, a government agency, have traced the shopping habits of infected people and found that a common factor is consumption of own-brand sausages from “Supermarket X”. PHE and the Food Standards Agency (FSA) have refused to name Supermarket X but two separate sources said it was Tesco. Two previous PHE studies going back to 2011 also pointed at Supermarket X’s pork products as a key source of the virus — READ MORE

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