A leading British supermarket may have infected thousands of people with a pig virus.

 

The is known to cause liver cirrhosis and neurological damage, say researchers at Public Health England.

 

Thousands of British pork lovers may already be infected by a strain of hepatitis transmitted by some products which are imported and being sold at a leading UK supermarket, according to fresh analysis compiled by scientists from Public Health England (PHE).

Hepatitis E (HEV) is transmitted by pork products from Europe, mainly Holland and Germany.

UK pigs do not currently 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 the own-brand sausages from “Supermarket X” .

 

PHE and the Food Standards Agency (FSA) have refused to name who Supermarket X is but two separate sources said it was Tesco.

 

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