German supermarket chain LIDL has had to recall two of their popular cheese products (pictured) after they were found to contain the dangerous bacterias, Listeria and Escherichia Coli.
After learning of the contaminations, the supermarket chain immediately withdrew the products from their shelves to safeguard the health of their customers.
Customers have been urged to return the products to any of LIDL's stores in return for a full refund. The chain said a purchase receipt would not be required in order for a customer to be eligible for the refund.
It was the packaging company that discovered the contamination and immediately contacted LIDL along with the Spanish food safety authority AESAN.
The contaminated products which are manufactured by German company JERMI KÄSEWERK GMBH are:-
The products are thought to have been distributed to LIDL stores in Andalusia, the Basque Country, Catalonia, Madrid, Murcia and Valencia.
How dangerous are Escherichia Coli and Listeria?
Infections by the E Coli bacteria can produce a Shiga toxin which can cause severe abdominal cramps leading to diarrhoea, hemorrhagic colitis and serious food poisoning.
Listeria or Listeria Monocytogenes can lead to a serious infection called Listeriosis.
Both are especially dangerous to at-risk groups including pregnant women, newborns, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems.
In the vast majority of cases, anyone infected will recover in around 10 days, however, in more severe cases the infections can lead to a severe kidney disease called Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome, Sepsis or Meningitis.
Consumption of the contaminated products can lead to significant health risks, however, to date there have been no known cases of customers in Spain being infected by the cheese.
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