Prepackaged salad products which might be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes
|Source of Information||
The New Zealand authorities
|Product Name and Description||
Batch number: 857723
|Reason For Issuing Alert||
The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) has received a notification from the New Zealand authorities that certain kinds of prepackaged salad products produced by a New Zealand manufacturer, LeaderBrand Produce Ltd, might have been contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes and the manufacturer is recalling the affected products. According to the information provided by the New Zealand authorities, the above-mentioned seven kinds of affected products have been imported to Hong Kong by an importer, Lee Fish Asia Limited.
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||
Upon learning of the incident, the CFS immediately followed up with the importer concerned. The importer confirmed that about 39 kilograms of the above-mentioned products have been imported to Hong Kong and were only supplied to city'super supermarket for sale.
|Advice to the Trade||
Stop using or selling the products concerned immediately should they possess them.
|Advice to Consumers||
Not to consume the products concerned.
The CFS press release
Centre for Food Safety
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department