UK: Botulism fears surround Loyd Grossman sauce
The FSA has advised people not to consume specific jars of the Korma sauce due to the risk of botulism poisoning
Loyd Grossman korma sauce, made by Premier Foods plc, is being recalled over a link to botulism contamination.
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has advised people not to consume specific jars of the sauce due to the risk of botulism poisoning. Two members of the same family who contracted the infection have eaten from a jar of the concerned batch and been hospitalised in Scotland.
Botulism is rare in the UK and is caused by toxins produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, which attacks the nervous system and can affect people of any age, the FSA said. The infection is not contagious and cannot be passed from person to person. Symptoms of foodborne botulism begin between 12 and 36 hours after consuming the contaminated food, but may appear in as little as six hours, the food agency added.
The suspected batch has a best before date of February 2013 with a batch code of 1218R 07:21. Any consumer with a jar carrying these codes should avoid eating the product.
A spokesperson for Premier said: "At this stage, we understand that the incident relates to a single jar of korma sauce. There is no evidence of any broader contamination, no further reports of illness have been notified to the authorities and we have had no consumer complaints of illness related to this product."
Premier is investigating the cause of the incident, including how the jar may have been transported and stores after leaving the factory, the spokesperson added.
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