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Christmas money worries for 1 in 4

More than a quarter of people in our region are worried about how they will afford Christmas this year, according to a new survey.

The Money Advice Service says almost a third of us will turn to credit cards to help fund our celebrations, while 1 in 25 will take out a payday loan.

It is urging shoppers to plan their festive spending carefully, including making a budget, comparing online and high street shops and looking for special offers.

Christmas shoppers should spend wisely Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Milk recalled in North Devon E.coli scare

Cow's milk produced at a North Devon farm is being recalled because of a potential link to an outbreak of E.coli

Barton Farm Dairy at Kentisbury, near Barnstaple, is recalling its raw cow’s drinking milk after two children, aged 10 and 12, fell ill with E coli 0157 infection two weeks ago. It is thought they may have drunk the product.

Food Standards Agency have issued a Product Recall Notice Credit: Food Standards Agency

The Food Standards Agency has issued a Product Recall Information Notice and advised anyone who may have bought the product not to consume it.

Advice on Food Standards Agency website

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Cleaning product found in milk and cream

A Cornish dairy has withdrawn some of its products after a cleaning product was found in some of its milk and cream after customers complained about the taste.

Trewithen Dairy, based at Lostwithiel says a small amount of industrial strength cleaning fluid had contaminated the milk at one of its supply farms It said whole, semi and skimmed milk dated 25 and 26 August and liquid cream and clotted cream dated 26 and 27 August had been affected.

We are not aware of any danger to health due to the vast dilution of the liquid

– Trewithen Dairy

We are taking all possible steps and precautions and have reacted immediately with an instant withdrawal and replacement for product that may have been contaminated.

We know which customers have received these products and are now collecting and replacing anything at risk.

If any members of the public have purchased Trewithen Dairy products with the above dates over the last two days and would like a replacement, they should not hesitate in returning it to their retailer who will provide a replacement.

We apologise profusely for this unfortunate error and can confirm that this issue has been contained within these products so that our yoghurt, butter, crème fraiche and buttermilk are not affected.

– Managing director Bill Clarke, Trewithen Dairy