LeaderBrand salads recalled after positive test for listeria

Company makes immediate, voluntary recall of entire salad range.

Company makes immediate, voluntary recall of entire salad range.

LeaderBrand salads have been recalled after a positive test for Listeria monocytogenes bacteria, or listeria.

LEADERBRAND has made an immediate, voluntary recall of its entire salad product range after one of its product lines tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes bacteria, or listeria as it is more commonly known.

LeaderBrand chief executive Richard Burke yesterday said the company was advised its Ceasar Salad line tested positive for listeria.

Listeria can be harmful to “vulnerable” populations if ingested.

The term “vulnerable” refers to children under five, adults over 65, pregnant women and people with compromised immune systems.

The bacteria was only detected in the Caesar salad, but LeaderBrand has voluntarily recalled its entire salad product range including LeaderBrand Classic Salads, Fresh Plus Salads, Value Bag Salads, Pam’s Fresh Express salads and 100 percent Fresh Salads from the major supermarkets it supplies.

Supermarkets include Countdown, New World and Pak’nSave.

All salad products distributed to Pita Pit and Subway outlets have also been recalled.

People are advised not to consume any of the salads bought since March 3 with best-before dates from March 15.

People can dispose of the salad products they have bought or return the products to their place of purchase for a full refund.

If anyone has any health concerns, they are advised to contact their GP.

Mr Burke said LeaderBrand Caesar Salad was only one of many product lines and the company was confident none of its other products had been affected.

“We immediately took steps to withdraw all salad products.

“We emphasise that this is an isolated incident and that as a proudly New Zealand-owned-and operated company, we take the health and safety of our customers very seriously.

“As things stand, we anticipate being able to supply fresh salad products soon,” he said.

LEADERBRAND has made an immediate, voluntary recall of its entire salad product range after one of its product lines tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes bacteria, or listeria as it is more commonly known.

LeaderBrand chief executive Richard Burke yesterday said the company was advised its Ceasar Salad line tested positive for listeria.

Listeria can be harmful to “vulnerable” populations if ingested.

The term “vulnerable” refers to children under five, adults over 65, pregnant women and people with compromised immune systems.

The bacteria was only detected in the Caesar salad, but LeaderBrand has voluntarily recalled its entire salad product range including LeaderBrand Classic Salads, Fresh Plus Salads, Value Bag Salads, Pam’s Fresh Express salads and 100 percent Fresh Salads from the major supermarkets it supplies.

Supermarkets include Countdown, New World and Pak’nSave.

All salad products distributed to Pita Pit and Subway outlets have also been recalled.

People are advised not to consume any of the salads bought since March 3 with best-before dates from March 15.

People can dispose of the salad products they have bought or return the products to their place of purchase for a full refund.

If anyone has any health concerns, they are advised to contact their GP.

Mr Burke said LeaderBrand Caesar Salad was only one of many product lines and the company was confident none of its other products had been affected.

“We immediately took steps to withdraw all salad products.

“We emphasise that this is an isolated incident and that as a proudly New Zealand-owned-and operated company, we take the health and safety of our customers very seriously.

“As things stand, we anticipate being able to supply fresh salad products soon,” he said.

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