PRIMULA cheese has been recalled from shelves because it might be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum.
These dangerous bacteria can cause a serious form of food poisoning called Botulism – a very rare but life-threatening condition.
The NHS says that the toxins are some of the most powerful known to science – they attack the nervous system and cause paralysis.
Early symptoms of poisoning include nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and cramps.
Some of the symptoms of paralysis are drooping eyelids, difficulty swallowing and slurred speech.
If you display any symptoms you should call 999 immediately or head to A&E.
The Primula recall comes after one of Primula’s products was found to contain a source of the Clostridium botulinum bacteria during routine testing.
But the manufacturer is recalling all Primula cheeses – including those ranges that are not known to be affected – as a precaution.
It has also temporarily stopped product distribution of its cheese, meaning you won’t be able to get new packs for the time being.
The cheese tubes are sold in most major supermarkets including Asda, Morrisons, Tesco and Sainsbury’s.
Prices vary by supermarket, but you would typically be charged around £1.50 for a 150g tube.
The cheeses will be stripped from shelves until the issue is resolved.
Any customers that have already bought a Primula tube should not eat any of the cheese.
Instead, you should contact the company for a full refund.
You can contact Primula on 0800 716 551 or [email protected] to arrange to get your money back.
If you are making an essential trip to the store where you bought the tube you can return the cheese then for a refund too.
You do not need your receipt to get your money back.
Primula said: “As a precaution, we have stopped all product distribution.
“We have also instructed retailers to remove Primula tubes from shelves with immediate effect. “Customers are also advised not to eat any Primula Cheese tubes they have already purchased.
“We would also like to apologise to those who won’t be able to get their hands on our cheese for a short period of time while we work hard to resolve the issue.”
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