Errington Cheese instigates precautionary recall of a batch of Dunsyre Blue Cheese as it may contain E. coli (STEC)

Last updated:
8 September 2016
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Errington Cheese has instigated a precautionary recall of Dunsyre Blue Cheese from a specific batch (E24) because it may contain shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC).


The products listed below might be contaminated with STEC. Symptoms caused by this organism include diarrhoea, abdominal pain, bloody diarrhoea, and haemolytic uremic syndrome, a serious condition that can lead to kidney failure and can be fatal.

Product details

Product:  Blue Cheese
Brand Names: Dunsyre Blue Cheese & Dunsyre Baby Cheese
Pack size: All Sizes
Batch Numbers: E24
Dunsyre Blue ‘Best Before’ Dates: Between 18/09/2016 to 18/10/2016
Dunsyre Baby Best Before Dates: Between 21/09/2016 to 11/10/2016

These products would have been purchased between 19th July 2016 and 8th September 2016. An example of the labels are attached below.

Action taken by the company

Errington Cheese Company has instigated a precautionary recall for the above product.  Point-of-sale recall notices are also being displayed. These notices explain to customers why the product is being recalled and tell them what actions to take if they have bought the product.

Advice to consumers

This product is mainly supplied to hotels, restaurants, specialist cheese shops and delicatessens. If you have purchased this product with the batch number above or if you have purchased it from delicatessen and do not have batch information, do not eat it. Instead, return it to either Errington Cheese or the store from where it was purchased.

About product recalls or withdrawals

If there is a problem with a food product that means it should not be sold, then it might be 'withdrawn' (taken off the shelves) or 'recalled' (when customers are asked to return the product). The FSA issues Product Withdrawal Information Notices and Product Recall Information Notices to let consumers and local authorities know about problems associated with food. In some cases, a 'Food Alert for Action' is issued. This provides local authorities with details of specific action to be taken on behalf of consumers.

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Ref: PRIN 46/2016 (Update 2)