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Major Meat Recall after Salmonella Test Positive

1 August 2012, at 8:43am

SWEDEN - Food giant, Axfood AB, has been forced to recall two tonnes of pork, following test samples showing salmonella bacteria present in the meat.

The pork has been sold all over Sweden but, as of yet, there have been no reports of anyone falling ill, reports The Local of Sweden.

According to Axfood’s press manager, Ingmar Kroon, the affected meat is pork imported mainly from Denmark, including chops, marinated loin and mince.

The products have been sold by supermarket chains Willys, Hemköp, Prisextra and Tempo.

“We’re recalling it from all over the country but we don’t know how much has already been sold,“ he told TT news agency, adding: “But only some of the meat has been infected.“

Customers who have bought these products are encouraged to return them to stores, as they cannot be thrown in the trash. The infected meat must be sent to be destroyed.

It is uncertain whether anyone will fall ill from the infected meat.

Mr Kroon said: “I haven’t had any reports about that, but it’ll take a few days before we know for sure.“

Two tonnes of meat is a large recall but it is not unique, according to The Local.

There is no cause for worry about buying imported meat rather than Swedish produce, according to Mr Kroon.

“It’s happened twice this summer that we’ve had infected meat from Denmark and that might look bad but Denmark isn’t bad at handling. I definitely don’t want to point the blame at them,“ he said.