Hong Kong – Food Alert – Three kinds of pre-packaged protein bar imported from the United States might have been contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

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Issue Date 2017-06-19
Source of Information The Food and Drug Administration of the United States
Food Product Prepackaged protein bar
Name of Importer
Product name and Description Product Name: Fudge Brownie Collagen Protein Bar
Brand: Bulletproof
Country of Origin: United States
Net Weight: 1.58 ounces (45 grams) per bar
Use-by Date: November 14, 2017

Product Name: Lemon Cookie Collagen Protein Bar
Brand: Bulletproof
Country of Origin: United States
Net weight: 1.58 ounces (45 grams) per bar
Use-by Date: November 8, 2017

Product Name: Vanilla Shortbread Collagen Protein Bar
Brand: Bulletproof
Country of Origin: United States
Net Weight: 1.58 ounces (45 grams) per bar
Use-by Date: November 15, 2017

Reason For Issuing Alert

– The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) through its Food Incident Surveillance System, noted a notice issued by the Food and Drug Administration of the United States about the recall of five kinds of protein bar produced by Bulletproof 360, Inc. as the products might have been contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

– Listeria monocytogenes can be easily destroyed by cooking but can survive and multiply at refrigerator temperature. Most healthy individuals do not develop symptoms or only have mild symptoms like fever, muscle pain, headache, nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea when infected. However, severe complications such as septicemia, meningitis or even death may occur in newborns, the elderly and those with a weaker immune system. Although infected pregnant women may just experience mild symptoms generally, the infection of Listeria monocytogenes may cause miscarriage, infant death, preterm birth, or severe infection in newborns.

Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety

– The CFS immediately contacted major local retailers for follow up. Preliminary investigation by the CFS found that a shop in Central, THE STORE.COM.HK, has imported and sold three kinds of the affected products.

– The CFS has contacted the shop concerned which has already stopped sale and removed from shelves the affected batch of the products, and initiated a recall.

– The CFS has alerted the trade, continue to monitor the situation and take appropriate follow-up action.

Advice to the Trade

– Stop using or selling the products concerned immediately should they possess them.
Advice to Consumers
– Not to consume the products concerned.
Further Information The CFS press release

– Members of the public may call the company’s hotline at 6126 3333 during office hours for enquiries about the recall.

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