Another popular supermarket product has been ripped from the shelves after it was discovered that a popular ham product was compromised by a listeria contamination.
Uncle Smallgoods recalled its Uncle’s Ham products from IGA store shelves, butchers and a number of other independent grocery stores upon the discovery.
⚠️Food Recall ⚠️ Uncle’s Smallgoods is recalling their Uncle’s Ham free range 150g (sliced ham) due to microbial contamination (listeria monocytogenes).
— FoodStandardsAusNZ (@FSANZnews) March 16, 2022
The recall was confirmed in statement from Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) who urged customers not to consume the contaminated goods.
“Food products contaminated with listeria monocytogenes may cause illness,” the statement read.
“Listeria monocytogenes may cause illness in pregnant women and their unborn babies, the elderly and people with low immune systems.”
FSANZ also detailed what consumers should do if concerned about having purchased the product.
“Consumers should not eat this product. Any consumers concerned about their health should seek medical advice and should return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund,” they said.
According to Mayo clinic, “listeria bacteria can survive refrigeration and even freezing”, so people who are at increased risk of serious infections, such as those detailed by FSANZ, should “avoid eating the types of foods most likely to contain listeria bacteria”.
Mayo clinic also highlighted that listeria infection is “most commonly caused by eating improperly processed deli meats and unpasterised milk products” and can cause symptoms of fever, chills, muscle aches, nausea and diarrhea.
This isn’t the first instance where supermarket products in Australia have been recalled over contamination fears. Earlier this year popular cheese brand Mortlake Organic Dairy recalled their L’Artisan Organic Marcel 180g following concerns of a potential E.coli contamination.
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