dipSpinach dip has been recalled in New South Wales, Aldi supermarkets, Queensland and the Australia Capital Territory following listeria contamination discovery. One of the major lines recalled is Deli Originals Spinach Dip Mediterranean Style (200g) with a 22nd January 2014 use-by date. Listeria monocytogenes were discovered in such brands. Deli Originals is a spinach dip brand that is made by Victorian Company Yumis Quality Foods for Aldi stores. Only the spinach dip was affected by the recall. According to Aldi’s spokeswoman, listeria contamination was discovered during normal testing processes conducted by an independent laboratory for the company. The test results were presented to the Food Standards Australia New Zealand.

Listeria monocytogenes falls into the category of bacteria and is known to cause Listeriosis infection. It not only survives and reproduces in hosts’ cells, but it is also a virulent food-borne pathogen. Twenty to thirty percent of infections from listeria result in death. The bacterium has been reported to cause approximately 1,600 illnesses in the U.S. and about 260 deaths. Among foodborne bacteria, Listeriosis infection is the leading causes of death. The fatality rates of listeria are higher than those of Clostridium botulin and Salmonella. Some research studies have shown that Listeria monocytogenes may colonize ten percent of human intestinal tracts.

Listeria monocytogenes may also cause illness in expectant mothers and the unborn babies. The same case applies to the elderly, as well as immune-compromised individuals. Some of the common symptoms of listeria infection include headache, fever, aches, pains and tiredness. It is evident that Listeria bacterium is one of the leading causes of food-borne bacterial infections. With regard to the recall in questions, all consumers have been advised to take back the affected spinach dip tubs to Aldi.