Primula cheese recall
Primula are recalling their cheese tubes after a deadly bacteria was found in one of them

A major UK food supplier is urgently recalling products after it was revealed they may contain a deadly strain of bacteria.

National food supplier Primula have withdrawn all of their cheese tubes from UK supermarkets after finding a source of the deadly bacteria Clostridium botulinum in one of their products.

The manufacturers – who donate all of their profits to charity – have since recalled every single cheese tube with certain best before dates as a precautionary measure.

Clostridium botulinum is an incredibly dangerous bacteria that can be lethal.

A statement on the supplier’s site read: “During routine testing we found a source of Clostridium botulinum in one tube of our products following a production fault. 

“This is why we have initiated a precautionary recall of all products manufactured over a wide period of time.

“The safety and quality of our food and the wellbeing of all our consumers are our absolute priority and so we hope you understand why we initiated a product recall, stopped all production and instructed retailers to remove our tubes from their shelves.

“[…] we know what went wrong and have now resolved the problem.”

What is Clostridium botulinum?

Clostridium botulinum is a type of bacteria that produces botulinum toxins.

These botulinum toxins are one of the most lethal substances known to mankind, according to the World Health Organisation.

The neurotoxin attacks the nervous system, causing Botulism, a life-threatening medical condition.

Botulinum toxins attack the brain, spinal cord, and nervous system, causing paralysis and respiratory problems, which can be deadly.

Early symptoms include marked fatigue, weakness and vertigo, usually followed by blurred vision, dry mouth and difficulty in swallowing and speaking, as well as vomiting, diarrhoea, constipation and abdominal swelling. 

The disease can then lead to weakness in the neck and arms, after which the respiratory muscles and muscles of the lower body are affected, according to the WHO.

Which products are being recalled?

The following products are being recalled:

Primula Plain Original Cheese Spread, 

Pack size 150g

Best before From 25 December 2020 up to and including 28 January 2021

Primula Cheese Spread with Smoked Paprika

Pack size 150g

Best before From 25 December 2020 up to and including 28 January 2021

Primula Cheese Spread with Jalapenos

Pack size 150g

Best before From 25 December 2020 up to and including 28 January 2021

Primula Light Cheese Spread

Pack size 150g

Best before From 25 December 2020 up to and including 28 January 2021

Primula Cheese Spread with Ham

Pack size 150g

Best before From 25 December 2020 up to and including 28 January 2021

Primula Cheese Spread with Chives

Pack size 150g

Best before From 25 December 2020 up to and including 28 January 2021

Primula Cheese Spread with Prawns

Pack size 150g

Best before From 25 December 2020 up to and including 28 January 2021

Primula Original Cheese Spread (ambient)

Pack size 100g

Best before From 30 October 2020 up to and including 10 December 2020

Primula Cheese Spread with Ham (ambient)

Pack size 100g

Best before From 30 October 2020 up to and including 10 December 2020

Primula Cheese spread with Chives (ambient)

Pack size 100g

Best before From 30 October 2020 up to and including 10 December 2020

What to do if you have one of the affected products?

If you have any of the affected products, do not eat it. Instead, take a picture of your tubes, throw them away and get in touch with the company.

If you have eaten cheese from a tube with an affected best before date and are unwell or are concerned about your symptoms, you should contact your GP or call 111 straight away.

If the symptoms are severe, you should contact 999.