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'Don't eat' warning issued on Polish food product

People are being warned not to eat Gaster Smalec, a product from Poland that has been found to have traces of listeria. They should return it immediately to the store where they bought it.

Food safety warning - Gaster Smalec

Gaster Smalec (lard with cracklings and onions) comes in 190g packs with a "Best before" date of 19 January 2017.

Fenland District Council has today (November 28) issued a product recall notice following advice from the Food Standards Agency.

The notice says that microbiological sampling in France has found that Gaster Smalec contains the presence of listeria monocytogenes, a food poisoning bacteria that is particularly dangerous to the elderly, pregnant women and their unborn babies, babies less than one month old, and people with weakened immune systems.

Symptoms caused by the bacteria can be similar to flu and include high temperature, muscle ache or pain, chills, feeling or being sick and diarrhoea. In rare cases, the infection can be more severe, causing serious complications such as meningitis.

Article added November 28, 2016