Tesco and Asda issue recall warnings for food that could make you sick
TESCO and Asda have issued urgent recalls on popular food products over fears they could make shoppers ill.
Both supermarkets are asking customers not to eat the specific groceries and instead return them to where you bought them from.
Packs of own brand 16 spicy chorizo slices have been pulled from shelves at Tesco after they were found to contain Listeria monocytogenes.
If contaminated food is eaten, listeria can cause listeriosis, which causes flu-like symptoms such as high temperature, muscle ache or pain, chills, feeling or being sick and diarrhoea.
In extreme cases, it can also cause life-threatening illnesses including sepsis, meningitis and encephalitis.
Some people are more at risk of listeria infections, such as those over 65, pregnant women, babies younger than one month old and people with weakened immune systems.
Your product recall rights
PRODUCT recalls are an important means of protecting consumers from dangerous goods.
As a general rule, if a recall involves a branded product, the manufacturer would usually have lead responsibility for the recall action.
But it's often left up to supermarkets to notify customers when products could put them at risk.
If you are concerned about the safety of a product you own, always check the manufacturer’s website to see if a safety notice has been issued.
When it comes to appliances, rather than just food items, the onus is usually on you – the customer – to register the appliance with the manufacturer as if you don't there is no way of contacting you to tell you about a fault.
If you become aware that an item you own has been recalled or has any safety noticed issued against it, make sure you follow the instructions given to you by the manufacturer.
They should usually provide you with more information and a contact number on its safety notice.
In some cases, the manufacturer might ask you to return the item for a full refund or arrange for the faulty product to be collected.
You should not be charged for any recall work – such as a repair, replacement or collection of the recalled item.
The 80g packets of meat slices have a use by date of December 19 2020.
The supermarkets urges shoppers to return the food to where they bought it in exchange for a full refund – you don't need the receipt or proof of purchase.
A statement on the recall notice from Tesco says: "Tesco apologises to our customers for any inconvenience caused.
"If you require further details, please contact Customer Services directly."
Asda issued a recall notice for its Plant Base Loaded Potato Skins over fears they could trigger allergies.
The snacks contain milk, which isn't declared on the label, meaning they could be dangerous for people who have an intolerance.
The alert issued on the Food Standards Agency website states that affected 262g packs have already passed their use by date but as they can be frozen, the supermarket is urging customers to check their freezers.
The use by date is of November 21, 2020, and the supermarket said that the recall was issued as a precautionary measure.
Customers who have a pack from the affected batch at home will be able to get a full refund if they take it back to the store where they bought it from.
The Asda notice says: "We are very sorry for any inconvenience caused and if you would like any further information please contact Asda Customer Relations.
Other recalls to look out for include eggs purchased from Aldi, Asda, Costco, Morrisons and Sainsbury's over salmonella fears.
Elsewhere, Aptamil baby cereal on sale at Asda, Boots and Tesco has been recalled over fears it contains pieces of plastic.
Guinness has also recalled cans of its new non-alcoholic drink over fears they are unsafe to consume.
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