Listeria contamination provokes chicken pasta salad recall

The Zimbulis Caribbean mango chicken pasta salad has been recalled in WA due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

The Zimbulis Caribbean mango chicken pasta salad with a February 12, 2015 use-by date has been recalled in WA due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

The salad was sold over-the-counter at the delicatessen sections of Woolworths, IGAs and corner shops in Western Australia

Listeria is unlike many other germs because it can grow in cold temperatures, like those in a fridge.

It has an incubation period of three to 70 days.

Ready-to-eat deli meats are the food most associated with L. monocytogenes, which can grow at refrigerator temperatures, unlike Salmonella and E. coli.

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

Food contaminated with L. monocytogenes will not show signs of spoilage, such as sliminess or odour.

New research in the U.S. has found listeria contamination is more likely to occur at a retail level than manufacturing.

 

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