New Zealand – Butchery at centre of Listeria scare says it is ‘devastating’


The butchery owner whose hams have been recalled due to fears they may contain listeria says the scare is stressful and devastating.

“We’ve been manufacturing hams for 23 years and had minimal complaints … and we’ve never had an outbreak of listeria like this before,” Pestell’s Rai Bacon Company Ltd owner Chris Pestell said.

The listeria cases were isolated to the ham, he said, and stressed that all other products were safe.

“We sell thousands of hams all over the south to lots of businesses and supermarkets, and lower North Island. We’ve built up a good reputation over the years.”

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