LeaderBrand Produce has issued a list of all the salad products it has recalled after one of its salad product lines tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes bacteria.
While listeria was detected in only one of its products – LeaderBrand Caesar Salad – the company has voluntarily recalled all of its entire salad product range from the major supermarkets it supplies.
These supermarkets include Countdown, New World and Pak'n Save, while salad products distributed to Pita Pit and Subway outlets across the country have also been recalled.
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 discovery and recall were announced on Friday, with LeaderBrand Produce Ltd. CEO Richard Burke saying consumers are advised not to consume any of the listed salads purchased since March 3 with ‘Best Before' dates from March 15.
“On March 9, LeaderBrand became aware that one of our products, LeaderBrand Caesar Salad, tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes.
“While LeaderBrand Caesar Salad is only one of many product lines - and we are confident none of our other products have been affected - we immediately took steps to withdraw all salad products,” he says.
“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.”
For further consumer information, contact: LeaderBrand Produce Ltd, 33 Parkinson St, Gisborne on 0800 859 859.
For any health concerns, please contact your GP.
• Fresh Plus Japanese Slaw 475g
• Fresh Plus Herbslaw 475g
• Fresh Plus Superslaw 475g
• LeaderBrand Fresh & Chunky Stirfry 500g
• Fresh Plus Gourmet Fancy 120g
• Fresh Plus Spinach & Kale 120g
• LeaderBrand Super Healthy Broccoslaw 450g
• Fresh Plus Baby Rocket 100g
• Fresh Plus Mesclun & Herbs 130g
• LeaderBrand Super Kale 100g
• Value Bag Crispy Salad 300g
• Value Baby Leaf Lettuce 100g
• LeaderBrand Fancy Leaf Continental 180g
• Value Salad Greens 100g
• 100% Fresh Salad Mix 250g
• Value Baby Spinach 120g
• LeaderBrand Fresh'n Crispy 300g
• 100% Fresh Mesclun
• Pams Fresh Express Italian Salad 250g
• LeaderBrand Fresco Caesar
• 100% Fresh Baby Spinach
• Pams Fresh Express Crispy Salad 250g
• 100% Fresh Stirfry
• Pams Fresh Express Herbslaw 450g
• LeaderBrand Farm Fresh Ranchslaw 450g
• Pams Fresh Express Coleslaw Dressed 450g
• Pams Fresh Express Mesclun Salad 500g
• LeaderBrand Tender Mesclun 150g
• Pams Fresh Express Farmhouse Slaw Dressed 450g
• LeaderBrand Crunchy Coleslaw 450g
• LeaderBrand Baby Spinach
• Shredded Carrot 250g