Not to consume two batches of prepackaged frozen peas and vegetables which might be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes
|Source of Information||
Centre for Food Safety (CFS)
Prepackaged frozen peas and vegetables
|Product Name and Description||
|Reason For Issuing Alert||
The CFS, through its routine Food Incident Surveillance System, has learned from a notice of the State General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine that the above-mentioned prepackaged frozen peas and vegetables are being recalled in Japan as the products might have been contaminated with 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 contacted the Japanese authorities and the Hong Kong importer concerned. According to the information provided by the importer concerned, a total of 330 kilograms of the affected frozen peas and 70 kg of the affected frozen vegetables had been imported to Hong Kong. A small quantity of the products concerned had been supplied to AEON supermarkets for sale. Upon notification from Japan earlier, the vendor concerned has stopped sale and removed from shelves the affected products, and a product recall is underway.
|Advice to the Trade||
Stop using or selling the affected batches of the products immediately should you still possess them.
|Advice to Consumers||
Stop consuming the affected products if you have purchased any.
The CFS press release
Centre for Food Safety
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department