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Asda has recalled a corned beef product after small traces of a painkilling drug known as 'bute' were detected.
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- 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.
Asda, Sainsbury's and Morrisons will cut their petrol and diesel prices by 2p a litre from tomorrow in an attempt to encourage motorists to visit their stores. Prices have risen on average 1p a litre over the past month.
The AA President Edmund King welcomed the news: "Our June fuel price report revealed that retailers had on average this year been charging at least a 1p per litre extra on diesel. Hence we believe that all retailers should look to cut fuel prices to reflect the market price at the pumps".
The Food Standards Agency has said it will continue testing products "until there's nothing left to find" after the veterinary painkilling drug phenylbutazone - or bute - was found in Asda Smart Price Corned Beef.
The agency's director of operations Andrew Rhodes said customers should not eat the corned beef but added anyone who does is very unlikely to fall ill.
He advised customers to return the product to the supermarket to receive a full refund.
Asda said its announcement that traces of 'bute' have been found in one of its products is part of its commitment to keep customers up-to-date on its product testing regime.
The supermarket says its has carried out "more than 700" tests since news of the horsemeat scandal broke. A statement released today said:
– asda statement
In March 2013 we withdrew tinned Smart Price Corned Beef (340g) after receiving a positive test for horse DNA above the 1% trace level set by the Food Standards Agency.
Today ... tests on further batches have shown a positive result for very low levels of horse medication called phenylbutazone, also known as bute, at 4 parts per billion.
The FSA has reassured us that the quantities we’ve found pose a low risk to human health ...
These are the facts that are known about the traces of 'bute' found in an Asda product:
- Traces found in 340g tins of Asda Smart Price Corned Beef
- Amount of bute found is very small - around four parts per billion
- Customers urged not to eat the product and to return it for a full refund in store
- Even if people have eaten the product, the health risk is "very low"
- The product was withdrawn from shelves on March 8th after testing positive for horse DNA over 1%. It was then tested for 'bute' in line with FSA guidelines.
- Asda has withdrawn all corned beef products from its Smart Price range.
Chief Medical Officer Professor Dame Sally Davies has previously said that 'bute' poses only a very low risk to humans. She said:
– Professor Dame Sally Davies, chief medical officer
Horse meat containing phenylbutazone presents a very low risk to human health.
'Phenylbutazone, known as bute, is a commonly used medicine in horses. It is also prescribed to some patients who are suffering from a severe form of arthritis.
The levels of bute that have previously been found in horse carcasses mean that a person would have to eat 500 - 600 one hundred per cent horsemeat burgers a day to get close to consuming a human's daily dose.
And it passes through the system fairly quickly, so it is unlikely to build up in our bodies.
Asda is recalling all corned beef products from its budget range after traces of veterinary drug phenylbutazone were found in some batches.
The Food Standards Agency said "very low levels" of the painkilling medicine, known as bute, were detected in the Asda Smart Price Corned Beef.
Customers who have bought the 340g tins, with any date code, have been urged not to eat the corned beef but to return it to the supermarket.