Morrisons has recalled beef slices that may cause flu-like symptoms in vulnerable people.
The retailer’s 150g Ready to Eat Peppered Beef Slices could cause serious illness, according to the Foods Standards Agency (FSA).
The beef has a use-by date of 21 February 2017 and is reportedly contaminated with listeria bacteria.
Listeria monocytogenes can cause flu-like symptoms and in rare cases can even cause meningitis.
Those over 65, pregnant women, children and babies less than one month old are more vulnerable to an infection.
According to the FSA, other symptoms include high temperatures, muscle aches, chills, nausea and diarrhoea.
‘If you have bought the above product, do not eat it. Instead, return it to the store from where it was bought for a full refund’, the FSA said.
There are currently no other Morrisons products are reported to be involved in this recall.
A spokesperson for the company has issued a statement. ‘Our routine testing has identified the presence of low levels of Listeria in this product’, they said.
The statement urges all customers who have bought the product to not consume it. The spokesperson confirmed that if returned to the nearest Morrisons, a full refund will be given.
Reportedly, one in four slaughterhouses have failed to take basic hygiene precautions to stop contaminated meat reaching shops.
The investigation, by the Observer, means abattoirs’ meat buyers could come into contact with E Coli and other infections.