Aldi recalls popular cheese snacks over listeria contamination

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Aldi has announced an urgent recall of two popular cheese snacks across all stores nationally due to listeria contamination.

The supermarket giant has removed Snackers Market Little Pickers Cubed Tasty Cheese and Mini Crackers (35g) and Snackers Market Little Pickers Cubed Tasty Cheese and Pretzels (40g) from their shelves.

Until today, the popular cheese snacks have been available for sale at all Aldi stores across Australia.

The recall extends to all products with used by dates of up to and including February 3, 2022.

Boxes of Little Pickers cheese crackers and pretzels.
Aldi has removed the two popular cheese snacks from their shelves nationally. Source: Food Standards Australia and New Zealand

Food Standards Australia and New Zealand confirmed that the recall is due to microbial (Listeria monocytogenes) contamination and have warned consumers not to eat the recalled items.

“Consumers should not eat this product,” said the Food Standards Australia and New Zealand.

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

The affected products should not be consumed and customers concerned about their health should seek medical advice.

Customers who purchased the recalled products can return their items at the place of purchase for a full refund.

Woolworths and IGA recall ham due to listeria contamination fears

The latest recall comes only days after two ham products were recalled from Woolworths and IGA across Australia for the same reason.

Earlier this week, two Barossa Fine Foods ham products were recalled due to possible microbial contamination, Food Standards Australia and New Zealand said in a recall notice on Monday. 

The first of the Barossa Fine Foods hams being recalled is the No Added Nitrite Ham in 100g, with a use by date of November 3.

The No Added Nitrite Ham was sold at IGA in the ACT, South Australia, and Western Australia, Woolworths in NSW and independent grocery stores in NSW, the ACT, South Australia, and Western Australia.

Barossa ham products.
The contaminated ham was sold at supermarkets across Australia. Source: Barossa Fine Foods

The notice said the product was being recalled due to potential listeria monocytogenes contamination.

The other product being recalled due to microbial contamination is the Double Smoked Ham in 100g with a use by date of November 10.

The Double Smoked Ham was sold in IGAs in NSW, ACT, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia, Foodland in South Australia and independent grocery stores in Victoria and the ACT.

Food Standards Australia and New Zealand told consumers not to eat the recalled ham products and anyone concerned about their health should seek medical advice.

What are the symptoms of listeria?

According to Better Health, listeria is an illness caused by eating foods contaminated by the bacteria, Listeria monocytogenes.

Listeria infection can be dangerous for pregnant women, elderly people and individuals whose immune systems are not working properly.

Symptoms of listeria include a fever, headache, tiredness, aches and pain.

If you have consumed food containing listeria bacteria or are showing symptoms, you should see your doctor.

If you do develop listeriosis, you'll be treated with antibiotics.

The best way to avoid listeria infection is to avoid high-risk foods and to follow hygienic food handling techniques, such as cooking food thoroughly and adequately washing cookware.

Foods at highest risk of carrying listeria include: soft and semi-soft cheese, unwashed raw vegetables, cold cured or prepared meats, soft-serve ice cream, ready-to-eat meals and pâté.

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