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Asda recalls cereal bars in salmonella scare

ASDA HAS recalled its Cranberry and Nut cereal bars. The product has been removed from stores and customers who have purchased the bars and not yet consumed them have been asked to return them to an Asda store.

The affected product is a pack of four 35g Cranberry & Nut cereal bars. Packs show the date code SEP 2019 and the barcode is 505717208672. Customers who return the product will receive a full refund of the purchase price.

The supermarket says that the recall is a precautionary measure, undertaken on the basis that the product “might” contain salmonella. Customers will be pleased that a product is being recalled – but will wonder what it is about the manufacturing process that allows salmonella to get close enough to acquire a potential to be present.

Salmonella bacteria can cause a severe stomach upset, with sufferers experiencing abdominal cramps, vomiting, diarrhoea and a raised temperature. Although many people who experience salmonella will make a full recovery within a couple of days once symptoms have passed, the infection can be more serious for people who are already vulnerable, such as the elderly, the young and women who are pregnant or trying to conceive.

The company has apologised for the inconvenience. Notices will be displayed in Asda stores advising customers of the product recall and explaining what they should do to obtain a refund. Further information can be obtained from Asda’s Customer Relations department on 0800-952 0101.

The cereal bar recall comes days after Asda recalled a batch of Dauphinoise potatoes, on the grounds that a supplier had put cauliflower cheese in the packs instead of the potato dish – rendering the allergy list printed on the packet inaccurate.

Asda is not the only cereal bar manufacturer having problems this week. United Biscuits has had to recall Nutty Crunch Hazelnut bars, sold in a 6-pack, because some bars may contain peanuts in error. This ingredient is not mentioned on the bar’s wrapper, so consumers who have allergies would not be warned that the ingredient was present.

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