Urgent Recall On Christmas Ham Over Listeria Contamination

The founder of Vic's Meat has released a statement after a recall on ham was issued, just four days before Christmas, over listeria fears.

CEO Anthony Puharich issued a statement following the recall, saying the health and trust of customers was their top priority.

"Our family would like to apologise for any inconvenience or worry and would like to assure you that you can continue to enjoy all of the beautiful Christmas offerings we’ve otherwise tirelessly prepared for you," Pucharich said.

He said there were a total of 206 potentially affected hams.

The federal food safety authority, Food Standards Australia New Zealand, sent out an advisory on Friday warning that half-legs of bone-in ham from Vic's Premium Quality Meat are being recalled over listeria fears.

" This product has been made available for sale at Victor Churchill NSW, Simon Johnson NSW and WA and Vic's Meat Brisbane," FSANZ said in a statement.

The authority said "the recall is due to microbial (Listeria monocytogenes) contamination."

The product details, as described by the NSW Food Authority, are:

  • Vic’s Meat BONE-IN HAM HALF LEG 4.5kg, cardboard box (two types used) - Brown cardboard box with Victor Churchill illustration, White cardboard box with Vic’s meat illustration
  • Best Before 29/01/2019

"Listeria may cause illness in pregnant women and their unborn babies, the elderly and people with low immune systems," FSANZ warned.

"Any consumers concerned about their health should seek medical advice and should return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund."

For further information please contact Vic’s Premium Quality Meat on (02) 9317 6900 or via

10 daily has contacted Vic's for further comment.