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2012-07-19 - ONE NEWS - ANOTHER DEATH LINKED TO LISTERIA

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Published on Jul 19, 2012

Some ready-to-eat meat products are being taken off shelves after the death of three people from a deadly listeria outbreak.
Six people have been admitted to hospital in Hawke's Bay and the Bay of Plenty after contracting the bacteria, and three have died in the past six weeks.
Meat products being recalled are Mad Butcher 500 gram salami and pepperoni rolls best before August 17, Ratanui whole, half and champagne cooked on the bone ham best before September 12, and Ezy Carve boneless leg ham pieces best before September 9.
Health officials are urging members of the communities to take no risks, and to see a doctor if they are feeling unwell.
Hawke's Bay Director of Public Health Caroline McElnay said she did not want to speculate about how the patients contracted listeria.
"Certainly we're taking very seriously the fact we've got positive results from food samples in our kitchen," she said.
Bay of Plenty Medical Officer of Health Dr Phil Shoemack said investigations have been unable to identify any link between the two cases or with a deadly outbreak in Hawke's Bay.
Andrew Coleman from the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) said there was still some product around but he hoped the public would comply the recall.
"We're hoping the recall takes effect immediately, that the public works with us on this and gets the product back in."
Bay Cuisine, which supplies Hawke's Bay Hospital with the ready-to-eat-meat, said in a statement it was working with the Ministry for Primary Industries and that it had initiated the voluntary product recall as a "precautionary measure".
Mad Butcher managing director Michael Morton said none of the products recalled had shown contamination and there was no need for concern among customers.
"We take any notice of potential contamination from a supplier seriously and immediately withdrew their total cooked product range," said Mad Butcher managing director Michael Morton.
The products were sold in Mad Butcher stores nationwide and at Preston's stores in Wellington, Porirua and Palmerston North.
SOURCE: http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/anoth...

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