Consumers are being warned that Leaderbrand salad products could contain listeria, and the company is urging people to dispose of or return it if they have it at home.
Leaderbrand issued a release today saying tests were conducted on the product, and listeria monocytogenes bacteria was detected.
Listeria can be harmful to people deemed to be vulnerable, including children under five, adults over 65, pregnant women and those with compromised immune systems.
The product tested was the Leaderbrand Caesar Salad, but the company has requested a voluntary recall of its entire salad product range, which includes Classic, Fresh Plus, Value Bag, Pam's Fresh Express and 100% Fresh salad products.
These items are stocked at all major supermarkets, including Countdown, New World and Pak'n Save.
The affected products were sold since March 3, and will have best before dates from March 15.
Leaderbrand CEO Richard Burke said the company only received the test results yesterday, and emphasised that it is an isolated incident.
Consumers are asked to either dispose of the products, or return them to their place of purchase for a full refund.
Anyone with health concerns should see their doctor.
Source : TVNZ