Sausage puts teen into shock

Spe­cial- ops fall vic­tim was fa­ther of four

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A Welling­ton teenager went into ana­phy­lac­tic shock af­ter eat­ing a sausage mis­tak­enly la­belled as dairy free.

Hellers has re­called a batch of its Orig­i­nal Siz­zlers af­ter dis­cov­er­ing they were cheese sausages in the wrong pack­ag­ing, but the re­call didn’t come soon enough for 14- year- old Meaghan Robert­son Ser­jeantson.

The Rose­neath girl was rushed to hospi­tal with hives and her throat clos­ing af­ter eat­ing the sausages on Wed­nes­day.

“I was home alone. I was cook­ing my­self lunch and I had, like, eaten most of the hot dog and re­alised it felt kind of funny,” she told the Week­end Her­ald.

Meaghan no­ticed the sausages were greasier than usual, but masked the taste with tomato sauce and chopped onions.

“Ten min­utes later I started get­ting hives and stuff.”

She called her mother, who was about 15 min­utes from home, and the pair rushed to Welling­ton Hospi­tal.

“I looked like a tomato and when the nurse saw my face she just skipped triage.”

Meaghan needed t wo doses of adren­a­line, as well as oxy­gen and steroids.

“She’s a pretty tough nut. She’s dealt with al­ler­gies, ex­cema and asthma from year one,” said fa­ther Kevin Robert­son.

Hellers re­ceived a phone mes­sage on Tues­day night about the mis­pack­ag­ing, and the mes­sage was cleared on Wed­nes­day morn­ing.

Hellers has is­sued a re­call no­tice on any of the af­fected sausages of the orig­i­nal Siz­zler 450g packs with a best- be­fore date of Novem­ber 3.

A Tau­ranga mother is also upset that more in­for­ma­tion wasn’t put out sooner.

The woman, who didn’t want to be named, said she was the one who left the voice mes­sage for Hellers on Tues­day night af­ter her 8- year- old daugh­ter had a re­ac­tion to the same sausages. The mother said she re­ceived a phone call from Hellers chief ex­ec­u­tive John McWhirter the next day about the in­ci­dent.

How­ever, she did not feel enough in­for­ma­tion was put on­line and in news­pa­pers to warn about the er­ror. The spe­cial op­er­a­tions squad mem­ber who died dur­ing a train­ing ex­er­cise off Coro­man­del Penin­sula yes­ter­day was Sergeant Wayne Tay­lor.

Tay­lor, who was mar­ried and a fa­ther of four, fell about 5m dur­ing the train­ing ex­er­cise, wit­nesses have re­ported.

He had served in East Ti­mor and Afghanistan since join­ing the De­fence Force in 1997.

Chief of the army Ma­jor Gen­eral Peter Kelly said the reg­i­ment would re­mem­ber him as an out­stand­ing soldier.

“He was a con­sum­mate pro­fes­sional, who was known for his ded­i­ca­tion and re­li­a­bil­ity — al­ways up­hold­ing our core val­ues in ev­ery en­deav­our,” he said.

The soldier’s fam­ily are be­ing sup­ported by mem­bers of the New Zealand Spe­cial Op­er­a­tions Force and the New Zealand Army.

A West­pac Auck­land Res­cue He­li­copter was sent to a ves­sel near Chan­nel Is­land about 6.30am, a spokesman said.

A wit­ness at Port Jack­son in the Coro­man­del told Ra­dio New Zealand he saw paramedics work for about 90 min­utes in a bid to re­vive the soldier.

A po­lice spokes­woman said po­lice will be mak­ing in­quiries on be­half of the coro­ner.

De­fence Min­is­ter Mark Mitchell has ex­tended con­do­lences to Tay­lor’s fam­ily on be­half of the Gov­ern­ment and him­self.

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