Tesco issues urgent recall on butter over E.coli bacteria fears

TESCO has warned shoppers not to eat a particular batch of butter due to fears it could be contaminated with E.coli.

The supermarket issued an urgent recall on Trewithen Dairy Unsalted Butter after it was found to contain "high levels" of the bacteria.

Tesco said one batch code of the unsalted butter was found to be contaminated.

The grocer took to social media to issue the warning. It said: "As a precaution, Trewithen Dairy is recalling one batch code of its unsalted butter, as it’s been found to contain high levels of E. coli."

The affected batch is 250gram blocks with a best before date of May 23, 2022 and batch code: G2 073.

No other products from the brand are known to be affected.

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Tesco said: "If you've bought an affected product, please don't eat it. Instead return it to a Tesco store where a full refund will be given. No receipt is required."

For more information, customers can contact Tesco Customer Services on 0800 505 555 or call Trewithen Dairy Customer Services on 01208 228 700.

Product recalls are not uncommon. If you have bought the item in question, you can return it the store where you purchased it and will be given a refund, even if you don't have a receipt.

Last year, a rogue batch of pork scratchings put at least a dozen people in hospital with salmonella.

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And supermarkets had to recall 18 pastry items earlier this year, when they were found to be contaminated with salmonella.

What is E.coli and what are the symptoms?

E.coli can cause food poisoning or serious infection.

While most types of E.coli are harmless, some strands can cause gastrointestinal infections and even be deadly.

One common strain called E.coli 0157 produces such toxins and is usually responsible for the outbreaks that are covered by the news.

Classic symptoms linked to this strain, that include severe stomach cramps, vomiting, and diarrhoea that may be bloody.

Handling or preparing food is a common source of infection.

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There are a number of different types of e.coli – most of which are harmless – but because of this there is no single treatment.

In some cases a short course of antibiotics may be necessary, according to the NHS website.

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