Last updated on 17 July 2013
Asda recalls own-brand Curried Chicken Snack
Asda is recalling its own-brand Curried Chicken Snack Pack with a 'use by' date of 17 July 2013 on a precautionary basis because Listeria monocytogenes has been detected in the product and may pose a health risk. If you have bought this product, do not eat it. The Agency has issued a Product Recall Information Notice.
- Curried Chicken Snack Pack (Chosen By You), 150g
- 'Use by' 17 July 2013
- Barcode: 05052449807547
Asda is recalling the above product because Listeria monocytogenes has been detected in the product. Listeria monocytogenes can cause illness in certain groups of people, including pregnant women, unborn and newborn babies, and anyone with reduced immunity, particularly the over-60s.
Product recall notices will be displayed in store to tell people about the recall. If you have bought this product, with the 'use by' date listed above, do not eat it. Instead, return it to the store it was bought from for a full refund.
No other Asda products are known to be affected.
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Science behind the story
Listeriosis, the foodborne illness caused by listeria, is relatively rare, but listeria causes more deaths from food poisoning in the UK than other foodborne bugs. Vulnerable groups of the population are at increased risk and many cases are associated with chilled ready-to eat foods.
The Agency aims to reduce the number of cases of listeriosis in the UK by the year 2015 through the Listeria Risk Management Programme.
Between 2000 and 2009, the annual number of laboratory-confirmed cases of listeriosis more than doubled from 114 to 234 cases in the UK. In 2012, there were 184 laboratory-confirmed cases, which remains elevated (more than 50%) above levels observed in the 1990s.
Listeriosis has a significant public health and economic impact because of its high hospitalisation and mortality rate. Most people infected with listeria are hospitalised and approximately a third die. The disease costs the UK economy an estimated £245 million a year.