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    Monday, 20 February 2017

    Morrison’s Recall Ready-to-Eat Beef Slices due to Listeria Contamination

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    Supermarket-giant Morrisons have issued an urgent recall for their 150g packs of Ready-to-Eat Peppered Beef Slices. Following news of one in four slaughterhouses having failed to take basic hygiene precautions, there have been traces of Listeria monocytogenes in the product, as reported by the Food Standards Agency.

    A spokesperson for Morrisons said: “Our routine testing has identified the presence of low levels of Listeria in this product. We are asking all customers who have bought this Use By date of this product not to consume it and to return it to their nearest Morrisons store where they will receive a full refund.”

    The meat packs are those with the use-by date of 21st February, weighing 150g.

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    The FSA reports that the bug is most commonly associated with chilled ready-to-eat foods such as smoked fish, cooked sliced meats, cooked shellfish, soft mould-ripened cheeses and pre-prepared sandwiches.

    If consumed, listeria monocytogenes may cause Listeriosis, a type of food poisoning which symptoms of which include sickness, flu, and in extreme cases, meningitis.  Over 65s, pregnant women, new-borns and those with weakened immune systems are at most risk, and it’s recommended to seek medical attention if there is concern that the bug has been consumed. In pregnant women, Listeriosis can lead to miscarriage, as the bug can reach the unborn baby through the placenta.

    The Food Standards Agency website advises on what you can do to avoid listeria:

    You can:
    • keep raw and ready-to-eat foods separate
    • wash fruit and vegetables thoroughly
    • keep chilled ready-to-eat foods cold - make sure your fridge is working properly and is set to 5⁰C or below
    • always use foods by their use-by date
    • follow the storage instructions on the label and use opened foods within two days (unless the manufacturer's instructions state otherwise)
    • eat foods taken out of chilled storage within four hours
    • cook and reheat foods until they are piping hot
    Illness caused by listeria monocytogenes are usually treated with anti-biotics.

    It’s reported by Metro that no other Morrisons products have been affected.


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