New Zealand Food Safety is advising the public to return a specific brand of mung bean sprouts and sweet mango mesclun salad as they may contain Listeria bacteria.
Consumers should return Living Foods Ltd Spring Life brand Mung Bean Sprouts sold in supermarkets in the North Island, included in Woop and The Kai Box meals distributed nationwide, and Pams brand Sweet Mango Mesclun with dressing Salad sold in supermarkets throughout New Zealand.
Information about the names of stores selling the affected product, ‘best before’ dates and packaging is available on MPI’s website.
Listeria can make people sick (listeriosis) if they consume contaminated food.
New Zealand Food Safety national manager food compliance services, Jenny Bishop, says customers should return products to the retailer for a full refund or throw the product out.
“Listeriosis infection can be serious among vulnerable groups such as pregnant women and their unborn babies, newborn babies, people with weakened immune systems, and elderly people.
“For those in the high-risk groups, listeriosis typically has an incubation period of 2 to 3 weeks (or longer) before symptoms appear.
“Healthy adults are likely to experience only mild infection, causing mild diarrhoea and flu-like symptoms.
“If you have consumed any of these products and have any concerns about your health, seek medical advice,” says Ms Bishop.
New Zealand Food Safety have not received any reports of illness.
Living Foods Ltd Spring have initiated the recall of the affected products.