Sunday, August 31, 2008

Deli Meats Recalled In Australia

Never let it be said that pathogenic bacteria play favorites. An Australian company, P & M Quality Smallgoods Pty Ltd., has just recalled 100g packages of "Primo Roast Beef Thinly Sliced" and Primo Pastrami Thinly Sliced", due to the chance that they contain Listeria monocytogenes.

The meats are packaged in plastic containers with laminate tops, and are labeled with a "use by" date of 16/09/08. The roast beef was distributed in the states of New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria; the pastrami was sold in Tasmania and South Australia, in addition to the other three states.

The recalled meats should be returned to the place of purchase for a full refund.

There is no indication in the recall notice of any illnesses associated with these products. But the lethal Canadian outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes is a vivid reminder to take these recall notices seriously. Anyone who has eaten one of these recalled products and who has experienced any symptoms consistent with Listeria monocytogenes infection, should seek medical attention immediately.

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