In a routine examination, the Health Ministry and the labs of popular food brand
Salatei Shamir (Shamir Salads) found Listeria monocytogene bacteria in some of
the salads the company sold.
The bacteria can cause miscarriage in
pregnant women, and harm people with weak immune systems, the ministry said on
The tests, conducted by both the ministry and an external lab
working for the company, found that the affected salads were:
• Egg salad, 250
grams, with the expiration date “7/11/13.”
• Avocado salad with egg
salad, 250 grams, with the expiration date “20/11/13.”
• Roasted eggplant
salad with tehina, 250 gram packages with the expiration date “31/11/13,” which
were part of a series of salads made without preservatives.
None of the
affected salads are on the market now. Salatei Shamir is collecting the
defective products, and any consumer who bought them can return them to the
store to get replacements.
The ministry, which conducts regular tests on
food samples and the hygienic condition of factories and retail stores, said
that all other Salatei Shamir salads are fit for consumption.
one of the company’s owners, added that it employs professionals in food safety
on a regular and surprise basis who take and test weekly samples. The company
said it was investigating the Listeria contamination and would ensure that the
production errors are eliminated.