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New update from FSA over listeria found in products from Southall chilled food manufacturer

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has issued a further public warning about listeria found in chilled and ready to eat products from Southall-based Bread Spread Ltd under its brand names Bread Spread, Orbital Foods and Perfect Bite with a use by date up to 18 May 2024.

Anyone who has bought these products is being told not to consume them and dispose of them safety at home. The FSA said this is due to listeria and the danger it poses which can include high temperature, feeling or being sick and diarrhoea.

The Bread Spread Ltd recall of its products include sandwiches, wraps, baguettes, twists, french sticks and torpedoes with a range of fillings.

The FSA said: “If you have purchased any products listed above, or any other products that are chilled or ready-to-eat from Bread Spread Ltd , do not eat them. Instead, dispose of the products safely, at home.”

It further added: “As these products have not been prepared in accordance with food hygiene, safety and other legislative requirements, they do not comply with the requirements of assimilated EU Regulations. Local Authorities have been requested to remove unsafe products from the market. Any concerns regarding unsafe foods, should be reported to the local authority where it was purchased.”

According to its website, Bread Spread Ltd, based at Balfour Business Centre in Balfour Road, supplies universities, colleges and over 1000 independent retail stores across the UK. The FSA previously issued a recall notice for Bread Spread products containing chicken in July 2020 due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.

Bread Spread recall
Bread Spread recall

In its notification, the FSA said the reason for the recall is due to: “The presence of Listeria monocytogenes in the above products.”

It further added: “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. However, in rare cases, the infection can be more severe, causing serious complications, such as meningitis.

“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.”

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