Food recalls aren't that 'common' says expert in 2020

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Major supermarket Lidl has extended the recall of Smoked Trout to include Smoked Salmon products, produced by St James Smokehouse. This is because these products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Product details

Lidl Deluxe Oak Smoked Scottish Louch/ Loch Trout

Pack size: 100g

Use by: All use-by dates between and including December 20, 2022 and January 6, 2023

Lidl Lighthouse Bay Smoked Trout Trimmings

Pack size: 120g

Use by: All use-by dates between and including December 20, 2022 and January 6, 2023

Lidl Deluxe Mild & Delicate Smoked Scottish Salmon

Pack size: 100g

Use by: January 11, 2023

Lidl Deluxe Smoked Scottish Salmon with Ben Bracken Whisky

Pack size: 100g

Use by January 11: 2023

Lidl Lighthouse Bay Smoked Scottish Salmon Trimmings

Pack size: 120g

Use by: December 31, 2022

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) issued a risk statement regarding the food recall.

It stated: “The possible presence of Listeria monocytogenes in the products listed above.

“Symptoms caused by this organism can be similar to flu and include high temperature, muscle ache or pain, chills, feeling or being sick and diarrhoea.

“However, in rare cases, the infection can be more severe, causing serious complications, such as meningitis.”

It explained that some people are more vulnerable to listeria infections than others.

Those over 65 years old, pregnant women and their unborn babies, babies less than one month old and people with weakened immune systems are at a higher risk.

The FSA assured customers that Lidl is taking action to ensure the safety of all shoppers.

The FSA stated: “Lidl GB is recalling the above products. Point of sale notices will be displayed in all retail stores that are selling these products.

“These notices explain to customers why the products are being recalled and tell them what to do if they have bought the products.”

The supermarket listed the affected products and explained that “Listeria monocytogenes can trigger severe gastrointestinal conditions and symptoms similar to the flu”.

It continued: “In certain groups of people (young, old, pregnant, immunosuppressed) it can cause serious symptoms.”

Lidl GB advised customers: “If you have bought the above-mentioned products, we advise you not to eat them.

“Instead, return them to a Lidl GB store for a full refund, with or without a receipt.”

The supermarket apologised for any inconvenience caused and encouraged customers to contact Customer Services on
0800 977 7766 or [email protected] for further information.

The FSA echoed Lidl’s advice: “If you have bought the above products do not eat them, instead, return them to the store from where they were bought for a full refund.

“Any queries or concerns can be directed to Lidl Customer Services on 0800 977 7766 or [email protected]

While food recalls are rare, they must be taken seriously. The FSA explained: “If there is a problem with a food product that means it should not be sold, then it might be ‘withdrawn’ (taken off the shelves) or ‘recalled’ (when customers are asked to return the product).

“The FSA issues Product Withdrawal Information Notices and Product Recall Information Notices to let consumers and local authorities know about problems associated with food.

“In some cases, a ‘Food Alert for Action’ is issued. This provides local authorities with details of specific action to be taken on behalf of consumers.”

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