Urgent recall of leg ham over listeria fears

An urgent recall has been issued for leg ham produced in South Australia, and sold in other states across the country, following the discovery of listeria.

The ham has been available for sale at independent food retailers including IGA and butcher shops in South Australia, the Northern Territory, NSW and Victoria.

O’Brien’s Wholesale Meats says the recall is due to microbial (Listeria monocytogenes) contamination.


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“Listeria may cause illness in pregnant women and their unborn babies, the elderly and people with low immune systems,” the recall notice reads.

South Australia Health spokesperson Karen Ferres said “O’Brien’s is working to remove any potentially affected product from supply today”.

“While many people exposed to Listeria often have only mild illness it can be more serious in at-risk groups, so all South Australians at-risk should avoid eating the product,” Ms Ferres said.

“As a precaution, we recommend anyone who has purchased any of the listed O’Brien’s leg ham to not eat it and either return it to the place of purchase, or discard it.”

The affected hams include:

  • Full Boneless Leg Ham (various weights), use by 24 March 2021, 1 April 2021, 6 April 2021;
  • Champagne Leg Ham (various weights), use by 1 April 2021, 6 April 2021;
  • Half Leg Ham (various weights), use by 1 April 2021, 6 April 2021;
  • Full Leg Ham (various weights), use by 1 April 2021, 6 April 2021;
  • Half Boneless Leg Ham (various weights), use by 6 April 2021;
  • Third Leg Ham (various weights), use by 6 April 2021.

Listeriosis can cause a variety of symptoms including fever, muscle aches, and sometimes nausea and diarrhoea.

Symptoms usually start between 3 to 70 days (average 21 days) after eating food contaminated with the bacteria.

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