YERSINIA NOT DETECTED AT LIVING FOODS

TESTING carried out on Living Foods’ property and processing plant by independent laboratory AsureQuality has not detected Yersinia pseudotuberculosis in any of the samples taken, including final product tests. Antoinette Shallue, Foodstuffs’ corporate PR director, says multiple soil samples taken from the quarantined paddock, swabs from the processing plant as well as irrigation and processing water samples all came back negative.
“The outcome of our internal audit of the Living Foods processing facility and farm has indicated that they have a high level of food safety compliance and good farm management practices in place. There were no uncontrolled practices, conditions or incidents which could have contributed to or led to the food poisoning outbreak,” says Shallue.
Shallue says the co-operative is confident in the ongoing supply of all products originating from Living Foods and is pleased to confirm all Pams lettuce products have been independently verified as safe.
“We are confident in the ongoing supply of all products originating from Living Foods and we have reached the conclusion that there was either no contamination at the source or the food safety protocols in place with our supplier were working as required to eliminate such common environmental organisms.”