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Food safety lawyer backs swift action by Tesco over butter recall

Food giant Tesco has withdrawn a range of butter over listeria fears

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5 March 2016

Food safety lawyer Michelle Victor has backed the swift action taken by Tesco who have recalled a range of their flavoured butters over fears that they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
The bacteria can cause food poisoning and for most people the symptoms are not serious.  Symptoms can include a fever, vomiting and diarrhoea.  In rare cases the infection can be more severe and can cause serious complications such as meningitis, particularly for more vulnerable people such as small children, people with reduced immunity or the elderly.
Pregnant women are more likely to get listeriosis than other women and the food poisoning is particularly dangerous for their unborn children, with the possibility of causing miscarriage, stillbirth or long-term health problems.
Tesco has recommended that consumers do not eat the butters, but return them to their nearest store for a full refund.
Affected butters:
  • Tesco Chocolate Chip & Maple Syrup Butter 100g
  • Tesco Red Chilli & Lemon Butter 100g
  • Tesco Roast Garlic & Herb Butter 100g
  • Tesco Three Peppercorn Butter 100g
  • Counters Roast Garlic & Herb Butter Discs 10g
  • Counters Peppercorn Butter Discs 10g
  • Counters Chilli Butter Discs 10g
  • Counters Roast Garlic & Herb Disc 10g
  • Counters Chilli Butter Disc 10g
Michelle Victor said:
“Contracting listeriosis is a short-term inconvenience for most people but for some, particularly pregnant women, the long-term consequences can be serious.
“I am pleased that Tesco has withdrawn the affected products quickly and issued clear guidance to consumers.”

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