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24-03-2016

Tesco Recalls Butter Due To Meningitis-Causing Bug

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Tesco has found themselves in a sticky situation. The supermarket giant has begun recalling their flavoured butters due to fear that they may have been contaminated with a poisonous bacteria. The bug in question is Listeria monocytogenes and can cause food poisoning symptoms and puts pregnant women, the elderly and children at a high risk. The butter that appears to be at risk is sold in packs 100g in weight or 10g discs and can be found at the meat, fish and deli counters at store locations.

What’s the Risk?

For most people, listeriosis causes symptoms similar to the standard flu, including vomiting, diarrhoea and a high temperature. Its often mild in nature and these symptoms usually pass within a few days without the need for treatment. In rare cases, however, it can present in a more severe manner and spread to other part of the body, including the spinal cord, causing complications like meningitis, an inflammation of the protective membranes covering the spinal cord and brain.
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A Message to the Customers

Tesco released a statement alerting customers that they are aware that some butters may potentially contain low levels of Listeria monocytogenes and as a precautionary measure, they’ve been recalled. Customers who have purchased these food items are advised to throw them away or discard them and not consume them. If you wish to return the product to the store, no receipt is required for a full refund. Tesco then apologized for the inconvenience.
The Food Standards Agency has echoed Tesco’s notice and also encouraged customers who have purchased these butters to discard them and get a full refund at any Tesco supermarket. They also note that no other Tesco products are known to have been affected.
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