Squeezy cheese product recalled as it could cause paralysis
A batch of Primula Cheese has been recalled because it tested positive for bacteria that can cause paralysis
Primula cheese, a squeezy cheese product available in several major supermarket chains in the UK and costs around £1.50 for a 150g tube, has had to be recalled after a batch tested positive for the bacterium clostridium botulinum. This is a type of bacteria which can cause Botulism, a very dangerous form of food poisoning.
Primula issued a statement on the matter on 17 June 2020, stating that all flavours of cheese in 100g or 150g tubes with a best before of between 30/10/2020 and 10/12/2020 are affected.
An alert had also been published by the Food Standards Agency the previous day and information about the product recall will also be displayed within stores across the UK via public service posters. It's understood that branches of Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury's and Morrisons are affected by this.
The toxins produced by clostridium botulinum are known to be extremely powerful and attack the nervous system, causing symptoms such as cramps, vomiting, diarrhoea and nausea as well as paralysis. Early signs of paralysis include slurred speech, difficulty swallowing and drooping eyelids.
Primula has advised that anyone who has bought any of the affected product should not eat it and that they should contact the company by calling 0800 716 551 or e-mailing email@example.com to get a refund.
Primula has also temporarily stopped distributing the product and has instructed retailers stocking the product to remove it from the shelves immediately. Anyone who displays symptoms of Botulism has been advised to visit their GP or call 111.