French supermarkets recall packets of ham due to risk of listeria

Packs of Herta brand sliced cooked meat are being taken off the shelves, as customers alerted to potential dangers and symptoms of infection

1 September 2021

The ham product being recalled. Pic: Twitter / Rappel Conso

By Ellie Fullalove

Packs of Herta brand ham sold at major French supermarket chains are being recalled amid fears it could be contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes.

The product recall affects packs of "Le Bon Paris à l'étouffée - 6 tranches", sold between August 25 and August 27 at the following supermarkets: Atac, Casino, Carrefour, Francap, Franprix, Intermarché, Leader Price, Leclerc, Metro, Monoprix, Schiever and Système U. 

The specific product reference information is as follows:

GTIN: 7613035336100

Lot: 1265084101

Use by date: 22/09/2021

Packaging: UVC, 6 slices, 255g

Public health marking: FR 62 767 005

What you should do

  • Do not eat the recalled product, throw it out or return it to the store where it was purchased for a refund.
  • Clean your refrigerator, as listeria can survive in it.
  • Seek medical treatment and tell your doctor about possible listeria exposure if you have eaten the recalled product and developed symptoms of listeria infection.
  • If you have eaten the recalled product, monitor yourself for symptoms over the next eight weeks, which is how long it can take for symptoms to develop.

Listeria can be serious with symptoms of infection including: vomiting, nausea, loss of balance, convulsions, persistent fever, muscle aches, severe headache and neck stiffness. 

Pregnant women, the elderly, young children and people with weakened immune systems are particularly at risk of serious illnesses, life-threatening infections and other complications. 

Listeria can cause pregnancy loss or premature birth even if your illness is mild. It can also cause serious illness or death in newborns.

More information on other product recalls can also be found on the Rappel Conso website.

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