Urgent ‘do not eat’ warning for mayo sold at Lidl amid fears it could be contaminated with listeria
A ‘do not eat’ warning issued by watchdogs over a batch of mayonnaise suppliers worry the mayo is contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes
A batch of mayo has been urgently recalled over fears it could be contaminated with listeria.
Food safety watchdogs have issued a warning about the potential risks of batches of Potts Truffle Mayonnaise.
The product is sold at the budget supermarket Lidl.
Officials from the Food Standards Agency (FSA) have told the public not to eat mayo due to potential health risks.
Pot’s Truffle Mayonnaise sold at budget supermarket Lidl is being recalled by its supplier, Pot’s Partnership Ltd, due to fears it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
People who eat foods containing Listeria can develop an infection called listeriosis, which can cause fever, aches and pains, chills, nausea, sickness, and diarrhea.
Listeria is a bacteria that poses a particular threat to the elderly, pregnant women and children.
For most people, listeria poisoning can be similar to the flu and include a high temperature, muscle aches or pains, chills, and feeling or being sick.
Symptoms usually subside after a few days.
However, some vulnerable groups can develop life-threatening complications, such as sepsis and meningitis.
Truffle Mayonnaise is sold in 230g glass jars.
Best before date of July 2024 with batch code 18823 is being recalled.
Customers who purchased the product with this best before date are requested to return it to the nearest store.
Those who bought the mayonnaise can get a full refund.
However, no other Potts Partnership Ltd products are affected by this recall.
Point of sale notices will be displayed at supermarkets selling this product, including Lidl
Listeria commonly infects chilled, ready-to-eat foods such as pre-packaged sandwiches, sandwiches, and soft cheeses.
According to the latest available data, a total of 124 cases of listeriosis were reported in England and Wales in 2020.
Meanwhile in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that about 1,600 people contract listeriosis each year.
What is listeriosis?
Most people with listeriosis, caused by a bacteria called listeria, will experience only mild symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhea.
Other signs of infection can include a temperature of 38C or more, aches and pains and chills, according to the NHS.
However, more serious complications can occur in people with weakened immune systems, children, the elderly, and pregnant women.
Many foods can harbor Listeria, but it is most commonly found in unpasteurized milk, soft cheeses, and prepared foods such as prepackaged sandwiches.
Listeria is widespread in the environment and is found in raw food and soil and in the droppings of many mammals, birds and fish.
According to statistics, about 120 cases of listeriosis are confirmed each year in England. It strikes about 1,600 people annually in the United States.
How can you avoid listeriosis?
Wash your hands with soap regularly and wash fruits and vegetables with water before eating ready-to-eat foods at the store as recommended by the manufacturer, making sure all hot foods are kept warm at all times.
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