14 November 2011
The Food Standards Agency
consumers not to eat specific jars of Loyd Grossman Korma sauce. This is because of the risk of botulism poisoning.
One jar from the batch is known to have been contaminated with the bacteria Clostridium botulinum, which causes botulism, but the Agency is advising people not to eat products from this batch as a precautionary measure. Two people from the same family have been taken to hospital with botulism poisoning.
What is botulism?
Botulism food poisoning is a life-threatening condition caused by a bacterium which produces a toxin that attacks the nervous system. It is rare in the UK and is contracted by eating foods contaminated with the bacteria which attack the nervous system. It can affect people of any age. Symptoms include blurred vision, drooping eyelids, slurred speech, difficulty swallowing and a dry mouth, and usually occur within 12 and 36 hours of eating affected foods. These symptoms rapidly get worse and consumers should seek urgent medical advice if they are suffering from these symptoms. It is easily treated if a doctor or hospital is notified early, although full recovery can take several months. The infection is not contagious and so cannot be spread from person to person.
Anyone who has consumed this sauce and is concerned about the symptoms above should seek urgent medical advice. Outside of normal hours, they can contact NHS DIRECT on 08454647.
Leigh Day and food poisoning claims
Solicitor Michelle Victor has particular experience in food poisoning claims and has successfully pursued legal action against tour operators Thompson Holidays, where over 1,000 holiday makers staying at the 4* Bahia Prince Hotel in the Dominion Republic, suffered food poisoning brought on by salmonella, campylobacter, cryptosporidium, shigella and giardia. Michelle also represented over 120 people in what is believed to be one of the UKs largest outbreaks of food poisoning and pursued legal action against A1 Kebabish.
"In order to establish whether a claim for compensation can be pursued, it will be necessary to identify the source of the contamination and indeed whether this was the Loyd Grossman sauces. However the main priority will be to ensure that anyone affected receive the appropriate medical care to ensure any immediate and long term medical needs are met."
If you would like to speak to one of our solicitors about a possible claim for compensation relating to food poisoning please contact Michelle Victor on 020 7650 1200.
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