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Blood shortages - a negative side effect of England's world Cup success

Cambridgeshire is short of O negative blood Credit: PA Images

The NHS has issued an urgent appeal for blood donations in Cambridge.

Supplies of O negative have fallen dramatically, with blood and transplant chiefs blaming the hot weather and England's stunning World Cup run for a drop in donations.

On England match days, donations have plummeted by around 20%.

The combined effect has cost the NHS around 2,000 blood donations in the last two weeks.

That has left an urgent need for people with the valuable O negative group to donate at Cambridge donor centre in the next few days. Stock levels are low and will fall below three days as the hot weather continues.

Anyone interested in donating blood can find out more here.

Norfolk supermarket supplier recalls frozen vegetables over listeria fears

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A supermarket supplier based in King's Lynn has recalled some of its frozen vegetable products over fears they could contain the deadly listeria bacteria.

Own-brand sweetcorn items for Tesco, Aldi and Sainsbury's are among those affected.

A list of 49 recalled products has been posted on The Food Standards Agency's website.

"The products listed above might be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

"Symptoms caused by this organism can be similar to flu and include high temperature, muscle ache or pain, chills, feeling or being sick and diarrhoea.

"Some people are more vulnerable to listeria 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."

– Food Standards Agency

The FSA is advising anyone who has bought the products to return them to the store where it was bought for a full refund.

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