Three types of ready-to-eat deli salads sold in Foodstuffs stores across New Zealand are being recalled due to the possible presence of Listeria bacteria.
The products are supplied by Spiers Food, a food production company that produces salads, fresh cut vegetables and in-deli store foods.
The Marton-based company is recalling the products as they may contain Listeria monocytogenes bacteria.
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They are generally sold in plastic containers in Foodstuffs supermarkets such as Four Square, New World, and Pak’nSave.
MPI urged customers to check the date mark printed on the packaging. It also warned that product sold at in-store deli counters could have a different use-by date to those listed above, as counters applied their own labels.
To date, New Zealand Food Safety has not received any reports of illness, but if contaminated food is consumed there can be serious repercussions.
Listeria causes listeriosis, which can be life-threatening, especially for pregnant women, newborns, older people and anyone with a weakened immune system.
Symptoms can include diarrhoea, fever, muscle pain, occasional abdominal cramps and vomiting – these symptoms generally occur within 2-3 days of consuming the contaminated food.
More serious side effects can include meningitis and blood poisoning.
New Zealand Food Safety National Manager, Food Compliance Services, Melinda Sando, urged people who have purchased the affected product to either throw it away or return it to the retailer for a full refund.
If anyone has consumed the products and has concerns regarding their health, they should seek medical advice immediately.
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