FSA issues recall for four cheese varieties due to potential E coli contamination.

On Christmas Eve, the Food Standards Agency has announced a recall regarding the contact of certain food products with other foods.

Before Christmas Day, four types of cheese, including Mrs Kirkham’s Mild and Creamy Lancashire, Mrs Kirkham’s Tasty Lancashire, Mrs Kirkham’s Mature Lancashire, and Mrs Kirkham’s Smoked Lancashire, have been recalled as a precaution due to potential E coli contamination.

The FSA stated that these products might be contaminated with Shiga toxin-producing E coli (STEC), which can cause flu-like symptoms such as high temperature, muscle ache or pain, chills, vomiting, and diarrhea. In rare cases, it can lead to serious complications like meningitis.

To ensure safety, the FSA advises storing the purchased product securely, fully wrapped, and separate from other foods. Additionally, proper washing of hands, equipment, utensils, and surfaces that may have come into contact with the product is recommended.

Customers can return the product for a full refund at the place of purchase. Point of sale notices will be displayed in the stores explaining the recall and providing guidance for those who have purchased the affected items.

Dr. Babak Ashrafi from Asda Online Doctor advises using common sense when storing Christmas food. While it is generally safe to keep refrigerated leftovers for a couple of days after Christmas, it is important to use judgment and discard any food that appears or smells unsafe. Bacteria, such as salmonella and E coli, can thrive on meat and cause food-borne illnesses, leading to symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and, in severe cases, requiring medical treatment.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *