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Quarantine and Food division recalls two brands of veggie mixes over listeria concerns

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13th July 2018 TONGAN The Quarantine and Food Division recalls batches of mixed frozen vegetables which contain a dangerous strain of bacteria known as listeria monocytogenes.

Leading Scientist of the urgent operation Dr. Viliami Kami, said this has been confirmed by the Government of New Zealand’s Food Division yesterday.

There are two brands of mixed vegetables, Pinquin brand 4 mixed vegetables and Pack shot mixed vegetables, from Belgium and Hungary. These products came through New Zealand where they repacked it and found the bacteria.

According to Dr. Viliami Kami, the product was imported to Tonga last year and consuming of these vegetables might be harmful. He said that nothing serious had been reported in the Pacific in regard to this matter, but it has been confirmed that less than ten people in Europe has died.

He urged the public that this is an urgent matter and it needs to be addressed immediately. A team from the Ministry has been deployed around Tonga to recall these products.

Consumers concerned about their health should seek medical advice from the Ministry of Health.

Products should return to the place of purchase, and contact the Food division of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry at 23-038.

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Issued by the Ministry of Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Environment, Climate Change and Communications

Last Updated ( Friday, 13 July 2018 16:59 )  

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