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Asda is recalling packs of its own-brand Curried Chicken Snack Pack after traces of Listeria were found.
Some people are at an increased risk of developing listeriosis, including: those over 60 years of age; pregnant women and their unborn babies; babies less than one month old and people with a weakened their immune system, such as those with HIV or on medication such as chemotherapy.
- Listeriosis is caused by a type of bacteria called Listeria monocytogenes (listeria) and is mainly spread through contaminated food.
- Listeria is widespread throughout the environment and can be found in soil, wood, decaying vegetation and water.
- Unlike most other types of bacteria, listeria can survive and often multiply in temperatures below 5ºC (41ºF). Therefore, listeria can still grow to potentially harmful levels in food stored in a fridge.
- Listeria cannot multiply in temperatures below 0ºC (32ºF), but freezing food doesn't necessarily kill all listeria bacteria.
- Listeria can be removed by cooking food thoroughly or, in the case of dairy products, pasteurising it (a heat treatment designed to kill bacteria).
Asda has recalled its own brand Curried Chicken Snack Pack as a precautionary measure after Listeria monocytogenes was detected in the product, which may pose a health risk.
The item being recalled is:
- Curried Chicken Snack Pack (Chosen By You), 150g
- 'Use by' 17 July 2013
- Barcode: 05052449807547
The Food Standards Agency advise those who have the product, not to eat it and return it to the store it was bought from for a full refund.
No other products are known to be affected.
Asda is recalling its own brand Curried Chicken Snack Pack because of a presence of Listeria.
The items being recalled have a 'use by' date of 17 July 2013, The Food Standards Agency says.