Prominent South Australian food producer and retailer Barossa Fine Foods has been implicated in a second listeria contamination scare in less than three weeks, with two more of its products recalled.
Statutory authority Food Standards Australia New Zealand on Monday issued a recall notice for two ham products that are sold in supermarkets and grocery stores across Australia.
The products are No Added Nitrite Ham with a use-by date of November 3 and Double Smoked Ham with a use-by date of November 10.
They are sold in 100-gram packages at supermarkets and grocery stores in South Australia, Western Australia, the ACT, Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.
The statutory authority said the decision to recall one of the products was due to confirmed “microbial contamination”, with “possible” contamination from the bacteria in the other.
“Food products contaminated with listeria monocytogenes may cause illness if consumed,” it stated in its recall notice.
“Listeria may cause illness in pregnant women and their unborn babies, the elderly and people with low immune systems.”
The recall comes just weeks after four pâté products — duck and walnut, truffle, duck, and farmhouse — were also recalled because of possible contamination.
A third recall occurred in early September, after a pastrami product was identified as having been sold with an incorrect use-by date that was in error by three months.
Barossa Fine Foods is owned and operated by businessman and Adelaide City councillor Franz Knoll, father of Barossa Valley Liberal MP Stephan Knoll.
Food Standards said Knoll Consultants and Investments Proprietary Limited was conducting the recall and that affected consumers would be offered refunds.
“Consumers should not eat this product. Any consumers concerned about their health should seek medical advice and should return the products to the place of purchase for a full refund,” it said.
Barossa Fine Foods operates several shops across South Australia, including at the Adelaide Central Market.
It also has a shop at Prahran Market in Melbourne.