Not to consume batch of prepackaged Spanish chorizo suspected to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Issue Date 25.11.2019
Source of Information

Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) of the European Commission

Food Product

Prepackaged chorizo imported from Spain

Product Name and Description

Product name: Chorizo Picante
Brand: la alegria
Place of origin: Spain
Net weight: 200 grams per pack
Lot No.: 37, 38 and 39
Best-before date: April 30, 2020

Reason For Issuing Alert
  • The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) received a notification from the RASFF of the European Commission that the above-mentioned batch of the product might have been contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes and was being recalled.
  • According to the information provided by the RASFF, a local importer, Gourmet Cuisine Hong Kong Limited, had imported some of the affected batch of the product into Hong Kong," a spokesman for the CFS said.
Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety
  • The CFS immediately contacted the importer concerned for follow-up.  Preliminary investigation found that the importer had imported 450 packs of the affected batch of the product, of which 26 packs had been sold while the others were disposed of. The importer has initiated a recall according to the CFS' instructions.
  • The CFS will alert the trade to the incident, and will continue to follow up and take appropriate action. Investigation is ongoing.
Advice to the Trade
  • Stop using or selling the batch of the product concerned immediately if they possess it.

Advice to Consumers
  • Not to consume the affected batch of the product if they have bought any.

Further Information

The CFS press release

Enquiries about the recall can be made to the importer's hotline at 2439 1977 during office hours.

Centre for Food Safety
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department