An urgent recall has been issued for a cheese manufactured in Lancashire, over fears there may be E.coli present in some varieties.
According to the Food Standards Agency, Mrs Kirkham’s Lancashire Cheese Ltd has taken the precautionary step of recalling various products. There are concerns regarding the presence of the dangerous bacteria.
The recall notice affects four cheeses made by the company, based in Mill Lane, Preston. These are Smoked Lancashire, Mature Lancashire, Tasty Lancashire, and Mild and Creamy Lancashire.
All use by dates of all batches are affected if purchased since October 1, 2023. The products might be contaminated with Shiga toxin-producing E. coli.
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In a statement, UKHSA said: “Mrs Kirkham’s Lancashire Cheese Ltd has taken the precautionary step of recalling various Lancashire Cheese products because the products might contain E. Coli.
“The cheeses are sometimes sold as a full block or served as individual portions, it may have been provided as part of a hamper you’ve purchased or been gifted. In some cases it’s been sold as part of a charcutier grazing platter. It may not always be clear whether you have purchased an affected product.
“If in doubt, consumers are advised to contact the retailer they bought their cheese from to find out if the cheese they have purchased is from the businesses and batches affected and, in the meantime, to not eat the product and ensure it is stored safely, fully wrapped and not in contact with other foods.”
Symptoms caused by E.coli 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.
Some people are more vulnerable to E. coli infections, including those over 65 years of age, pregnant women and their unborn babies, babies less than one month old and people with weakened immune systems.
Point of sale notices will be displayed where the products were sold.
The UKHSA added: “If you have bought the above product do not eat it. Instead return it to the store from where it was bought for a full refund. Ensure the products is thoroughly wrapped and does not come into contact with any other foods. Wash your hands, equipment, utensils and surfaces that may have come into contact with the product thoroughly.”
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