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Media Statement - Food Safety Alert - Listeria contamination

The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has issued a food safety recall for meals prepared by the contractor for Meals for Wheels in Knox and a number of other Councils.

This follows notification to Council from DHHS that it is undertaking an investigation into possible Listeria contamination of food supplied by the contractor involved.

Officers from Council’s Active Ageing team and Meals on Wheels volunteers have worked hard to contact all clients to inform them of the situation, and to facilitate the disposal of any meals provided between 13 January 2019 and 21 February 2019.

As part of this service, a fact sheet on Listeria has been provided with advice to clients that, should they experience any of the symptoms described, they are strongly advised to seek medical advice at the earliest opportunity.

In the interim, Council has sourced alternative meals for all its clients, and will continue to provide the Meals on Wheels service as per normal.

Issued: Friday, 22 February 2019

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