Listeria death horror for NZ family

Too little, too late.

A New Zealand Hospital at the center of a listeria outbreak that killed two patients has said it now cooked and sliced its own meat.

With the lousy Internet in NZ and Australia, maybe the dieticians who recommended cold cuts to elderly, ill people, had not heard of the listeria outbreak in Canada in 2008 that killed 23, or the 1998 U.S. listeria outbreak that killed at least 15 – primarily the elderly in both outbreaks.

But dieticians are supposed to be professionals and know food safety.

A family member of a Hawke’s Bay woman who died said, "It is just a horrible situation. We’ve only just got over her death and the funeral and everything. It’s a horrible situation. We just have to wait for the investigation to run its course.

So why did it take a month before public notification of the deaths, and two months before public notification of two previous cases that appear linked?