Australia: SA listeria outbreak source unclear

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Article from: The Advertiser


June 02, 2009 12:47pm

THE source of listeria in packaged roast beef remains a mystery.

Testing by SA Health suggests other products from the two factories involved are free of the organism.

The contaminated product, which was detected last week, is the 100g pre-packaged IGA Deli roast beef slices, with a use-by date of June 24.

Conroy's Smallgoods, at Bowden, provided Kyana Farms, at Wingfield, with the bulk meat, which Kyana Farms packaged for sale at the supermarkets.

SA Health public health director Kevin Buckett said the two companies had co-operated fully during the investigation.

``We have found no evidence that the product is linked to any illnesses,'' he said.

``However, anyone who has this product is advised not to consume it and to throw it out or to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.''

Production at Kyana Farms will remain on hold until the company has completed a plan, which includes a review of the incident to identify the likely source of contamination.

An assessment of Conroy's has found it complies with the nationally agreed listeria control program.

Listeria infection can be dangerous for the sick, elderly, newborns and pregnant women.


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