Monday, September 22, 2008

Australia Sliced Meat Recall: Listeria monocytogenes

Coles Group Ltd. has recalled a single production batch of Coles branded sliced chicken breast 2 x 50g in plastic twin packs due to the possible presence of Listeria monocytogenes. The recalled meat bears a Best Before date of 07/10/08.

The products were sold in Coles, BI-LO, and Pick 'n Pay stores in New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Queensland. Consumers should return the recalled merchandise to the store for a full refund.

Listeria monocytogenes causes mild flu-like or gastrointestinal symptoms in most of its victims. But the very young, the elderly, people with compromised immune defenses, and pregnant women are at heightened risk of serious – even life-threatening – disease. Listeria monocytogenes may trigger premature births and stillbirths, and can infect infants in the womb.

Anyone with questions about this recall can contact Coles at 1800 061 562.

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