Richmond grocery store reopens after fatal listeria outbreak

Oct 21 2016, 2:59 pm

Following the death of a person from a listeria outbreak, the Richmond grocery store connected to the death has now been given permission from Vancouver Coastal Health to reopen.

The reopening, however, isn’t without stipulations: The grocery store in question, Foody World, has to keep the hot kitchen, bakery, and sushi bar closed until further notice.

VCH is also still advising people to not consume produce or ready-to-eat foods from Foody World dated July 2016 through October 14.

The person who died may have had other health conditions, according to health authorities, and their exact cause of death is still unknown.

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At least six other people were hospitalized following the listeria outbreak, prompting VCH to issue a warning to the public about the grocery store at 3000 Sexsmith Road.

Listeriosis contamination can lead to serious illness, such as meningitis, blood infections in pregnant women and newborns, those with weakened immune systems, and older adults or seniors. Symptoms include fever, headache, diarrhea, vomiting, and muscle aches.

If you believe you may have been infected by listeria, you should see a doctor for testing, advice, and treatment. If you’re healthy, you won’t require treatment for testing positive for listeria, but those at risk of serious illness may be prescribed antibiotics.

VCH adds Foody World has met the health and safety standards required to reopen the meat, seafood, grocery, and produce departments of the store.

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