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Listeria detected in smoked salmon paté

The SA Department for Health and Wellbeing advised that listeria has been detected in two of Harris Smokehouse’s products.

The South Australian Department for Health and Wellbeing advised today that listeria has been detected in two of Harris Smokehouse’s pre-packaged Smoked Salmon Paté options.

The presence of Listeria monocytogenes in these two products has been recently confirmed by the Department for Health and Wellbeing’s Food Safety and Regulation Branch.

Listeria should not be consumed, and it particularly dangerous for pregnant women, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems.

Harris Smokehouse have initiated a recall of two of its Smoked Salmon Paté products produced in South Australia, and is working closely with SA Health and the District Council of Mount Barker to isolate the source of the contamination.

The products are sold through independent food retailers including IGA and Foodland stores, but recalled products were only sold through SA food retailers. No other state is implicated in this recall.

While all affected products have now been removed from store shelves, anyone who has purchased these products is advised to not eat it, and either return it to the place of purchase or discard it.

“To date, there have been no cases of listeriosis notified to the Communicable Disease Control Branch linked to this product,” says Department for Health and Wellbeing’s Director, Food Safety and Regulation, Karen Ferres.

“While the products have now been removed from stores, its important consumers are warned not to consume the product if they have purchased it.

“Listeria can have serious health implications for vulnerable members of our community, particularly pregnant women, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems.

“Ready to eat seafood patés and dips are considered as high-risk Listeria foods, so we recommend that vulnerable persons avoid consuming these types of products.”

Products included in the recall from Harris Smokehouse are:

  • Harris Smokehouse Smoked Salmon Paté 175g
  • Harris Smokehouse Everyday Smoked Salmon Paté 150g

The affected products have use by dates of 15 July 2022, 18 July 2022, 19 July 2022, 20 July 2022 and 21 July 2022.

Listeria infection usually results in no or a mild illness, but can cause serious illness in vulnerable groups, such as the elderly, immunosuppressed individuals, pregnant women and their unborn babies.

Symptoms of Listeria infection include fever, chills, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, neck stiffness and gradual onset of confusion. People can start experiencing symptoms within a few days, but symptoms can take up to six weeks to appear after eating contaminated product.

If symptoms develop, people are advised to see their GP and those in the at-risk groups should consult their GP as early as possible if any symptoms appear.

For more information, visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/foodsafety


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