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Tesco recalls butters that may contain bug which causes meningitis

Tesco said the butters were being recalled as a precaution. Credit: PA

Tesco has recalled a range of flavoured butters amid fears they contain a food poisoning bug.

The supermarket giant said the butters may be contaminated with high levels of Listeria monocytogenes.

This is a bacteria that can cause Listeriosis and may lead to conditions including meningitis.

Four of the butters are sold in 100g packs, while the other three are complimentary discs offered to customers at fresh meat and fish counters.

Recalling the product, Tesco said on its website: "We have been made aware that some Tesco butters may have levels of Listeria monocytogenes present.

"As a precautionary measure, we are recalling all date codes of affected butters from customers."

A spokesman for the retailer told ITV News: "Customers who have purchased any of the affected products should return them to store for a full refund."

What products are affected?

  • Tesco Chocolate Chip and Maple Syrup Butter 100g
  • Tesco Red Chilli and Lemon Butter 100g
  • Tesco Roast Garlic and Herb Butter 100g
  • Tesco Three Peppercorn Butter 100g
  • Counters Roast Garlic and Herb Butter Discs 10g
  • Counters Peppercorn Butter Discs 10g
  • Counters Chilli Butter Discs 10g
Chocolate Chip and Maple Syrup Butter is one of the products being recalled. Credit: Tesco

What should I do if I have one of the affected butters?

Customers are advised not to eat the butters and to return the affected products to Tesco.

A full refund will be given to customers and no receipt is required.

For more information, call customer services on 0800 505 555 or, if you are in the Republic of Ireland, 1850 744 844.