Australia: Custard recalled over Listeria

Source of Article:  http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,25895253-12377,00.html

August 07, 2009

Article from:  Australian Associated Press

TUBS of custard have been taken off shelves in NSW and Queensland after fears they could contain the dangerous Listeria bacteria.

Fonterra Brands Australia made the voluntary recall yesterday, just a day after revelations the bacteria made five people sick through contaminated chicken wraps aboard Virgin Blue flights earlier this year.

The food standards authority has warned two-litre tubs of Hastings Valley Dairy Vanilla Custard and Norco Vanilla Custard, with expiry dates of August 11, and Norco Lite Reduced Fat Custard with an expiry date of August 9 should not be consumed.

Listeria is particularly potent to pregnant women, the young, the elderly and people with low immune systems, with a reported 30 per cent fatality rate among those groups.

Consumers are advised to return the products to their place of purchase for a full refund and to see their doctor for symptoms such as fever, headache, tiredness, aches and pains, diarrhoea, nausea and abdominal cramps.

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