Urgent ‘do not eat’ warning for mayonnaise sold at Lidl amid fears it may be contaminated with listeria
- “Do not eat” warning issued by watchdogs over a batch of mayonnaise
- Suppliers are concerned that the mayonnaise is contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes
A batch of mayo has been urgently recalled for fear it may be contaminated with listeria.
Food safety watchdogs have issued a warning about the potential risk posed by Potts’ batch of truffle mayonnaise.
The product is sold in the budget supermarket Lidl.
Officials at the Food Standards Agency (FSA) have told the public not to eat the mayonnaise due to the potential health risk.
Pott’s truffle mayonnaise sold at budget supermarket Lidl is being recalled by its supplier Potts Partnership Ltd over fears it has been contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes
Those who eat foods that contain listeria can develop an infection called listeriosis, which can cause fever, aches and pains, chills, nausea, malaise, and diarrhea.
Listeria is a bacterium that poses a particular threat to the elderly, pregnant women, and babies.
For most people, listeria poisoning can be similar to the flu and include a high temperature, muscle pain, chills, and nausea.
Symptoms usually go away after a few days.
However, some vulnerable groups may develop life-threatening complications, such as sepsis and meningitis.
The truffle mayonnaise is sold in 230g glass jars.
The items being recalled have a best before date of July 2024 with lot code 18823.
Customers who have purchased the product with this best before date are urged to return it to the nearest store.
Those who have purchased the mayonnaise will be able to get a full refund.
However, this withdrawal does not affect any other Potts Partnership Ltd products.
Point-of-sale ads will be displayed in supermarkets where this product is sold, including Lidl.
Listeria most often infects ready-to-eat refrigerated foods, such as prepackaged sandwiches, pâté, 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 US, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that about 1,600 people get listeriosis each year.
What is listeriosis?
METERMost people who get listeriosis, caused by a bacterium called listeria, experience only mild symptoms, such as vomiting and diarrhea.
Other symptoms of the infection may include a high temperature of 38°C or higher, aches and pains, and chills, according to the National Health Service.
However, more serious complications can develop in people with weakened immune systems, infants, the elderly, and pregnant women.
Many foods can harbor listeria, but it is usually found in unpasteurized milk, soft cheeses, and ready-to-eat foods like prepackaged sandwiches.
Listeria is widespread in the environment and can be found in raw food and soil, and in the droppings of many mammals, birds, and fish.
Around 120 cases of listeriosis are confirmed each year in England, according to the figures. It hits about 1,600 annually in the US.
HOW CAN LISTERIOSIS BE PREVENTED?
- wash your hands regularly with soap and water
- wash fruits and vegetables before eating
- store ready-to-eat foods as recommended by the manufacturer
- make sure all hot food is steaming all the way