Not to consume a batch of prepackaged frozen suckling pig ham suspected to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Issue Date 28.3.2023
Source of Information

Centre for Food Safety - Routine Food Surveillance Programme.

Food Product

Prepackaged frozen suckling pig ham

Product Name and Description

Product name: German Suckling Pig Cured Ham Cooked (Sliced)
Brand: BECK
Place of origin: Germany
Packer: Galleon International Limited
Net weight: 180 grams
Best-before date: May 1, 2024

Reason For Issuing Alert
  • The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) collected the above-mentioned prepackaged frozen suckling pig ham sample from a retail outlet in Jordan for testing under its routine Food Surveillance Programme. The test result showed that the sample contained Listeria monocytogenes at a level of 120 per gram. According to the Microbiological Guidelines for Food, if relevant ready-to-eat food contains Listeria monocytogenes at a level of more than 100 per gram, it is considered unsatisfactory
Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety
  • According to the CFS's instructions, the packer concerned has initiated a recall of the affected batch of the product.
  • For the sake of prudence, the CFS has also instructed the packer to suspend the ready-to-eat food production line to carry out thorough cleaning and disinfection. The CFS also collected food and environmental samples for testing, and gave health advice to the operators and staff of the food factory concerned.
  • The CFS will alert the trade to the incident, and will continue to follow up and take appropriate action.
Advice to the Trade
  • The trade should stop using or selling the product concerned immediately if they possess it.
Advice to Consumers
  • Do not consume the affected product if they have bought any.
Further Information

The CFS press release

Members of the public may call its hotline at 3643 0174 during office hours for enquiries about the product recall.

Centre for Food Safety
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department