CFS urges public not to consume two batches of cold cuts suspected to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes
|Source of Information||
The Centre for Food Safety (CFS)
|Product Name and Description||
(1) Product name: Cold Cut - Chili
|Reason For Issuing Alert||
The CFS collected the above-mentioned cold cuts samples at APITA, a supermarket in Quarry Bay for testing under its regular Food Surveillance Programme. The test results showed that both samples contained Listeria monocytogenes.
Listeria monocytogenes can be easily destroyed by cooking but can survive and multiply at refrigerator temperatures. Most healthy individuals do not develop symptoms or only have mild symptoms like fever, muscle pain, headache, nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea when infected. However, severe complications such as septicemia, meningitis or even death may occur in newborns, the elderly and those with a weaker immune system. Although infected pregnant women may just experience mild symptoms generally, the infection of Listeria monocytogenes may cause miscarriage, infant death, preterm birth, or severe infection in the newborns.
|Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety||
The CFS has informed the supermarket and packer of the products concerned of the test results and instructed them to stop sale and remove from shelves the affected batches of the products and initiate a recall.
|Advice to the Trade||
The trade should stop using or selling the products concerned immediately.
|Advice to Consumers||
Stop consuming the affected products if any purchased. Consumers should seek medical advice if they feel sick upon consumption.
The CFS press release
Centre for Food Safety
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department