South Australians warned after listeria detected in sliced meat

bigstock-Pastrami-Slices-2603021SA Health has issued a warning to the public to not consume pre-packed sliced silverside purchased from Drakes Supermarkets following the detection of Listeria in the product.

Drakes Supermarkets are in the process of removing any potentially affected product from supply today after routine testing confirmed presence of the potentially deadly bacteria.

Dr Chris Lease, acting executive director of public health services, said that no linked cases of Listeria infection have been reported to SA Health as of yet.

“While we have not received notification of anyone contracting Listeria from the product, the infection can be extremely serious if it is contracted by the elderly, pregnant women or people with weakened immune systems,” Dr Lease said.

“Many people are exposed to Listeria often with only mild illness resulting, but it can be more serious in the at-risk groups, so all South Australians at-risk should avoid eating the product,” he added.

The affected silverside is labelled Drakes Premium Gourmet Selection silverside and has a use-by date of 15 October 2018 and 5 November 2018. Anyone who has purchased the product should either return it to the place of purchase, or discard it.

Listeria infection starts with flu-like symptoms such as fever, chills, muscle aches, nausea, and sometimes diarrhea. While people can experience symptoms within a few days, for some it can take up to six weeks for symptoms to appear. If symptoms develop, people are advised to see their GP immediately.

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