Food Standards Scotland issues a Food Alert For Action (FAFA) for batch G14 of Lanark White cheese

10 September 2016

Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has today (10 September 2016) issued a FAFA to Heads of Environmental Health Services at Scottish local authorities with immediate instructions to withdraw from sale Batch G14 of Lanark White ewe milk cheese currently in distribution and to withhold from sale any cheese from this batch not yet on the market, as this product contains E.coli O157 bacteria, and is a potential risk to consumers’ health.

The product in question is Lanark White, a white cheese made from unpasteurised sheep’s milk, produced by Errington Cheese Ltd that consumers may have purchased between 22 August 2016 and 10 September 2016.   

A sample from a batch of Lanark White submitted for testing by South Lanarkshire Council has tested positive for E. coli O157. Although this organism may not carry shiga toxins, it is associated with human disease in the UK, so this cheese is a potential risk to health. FSS has issued a FAFA calling for this product to be immediately recalled from sale.

This produce is known to be supplied by Errington Cheese Ltd to wholesalers who in turn supply to retail and catering establishments.  The product is mainly provided to specialist cheese shops, delicatessens, hotels and restaurants.

Errington Cheese Ltd has not voluntarily withdrawn this product so, following the requirements of Article 7 of EC Regulation 178/2002 , FSS as the designated central public food body in Scotland, is initiating the withdrawal of batch G14 of Lanark White cheese from the marketplace.   

Symptoms caused by E. coli O157 can include diarrhoea, abdominal pain, bloody diarrhoea, and haemolytic uremic syndrome, a serious condition that can lead to kidney failure. Given the potential severity of illness and the very low doses of this bacterium required to cause illness, FSS believes this action is in the best interests of consumers.

FSS and South Lanarkshire Council’s investigations into food safety related to unpasteurised cheese produced by Errington Cheese Ltd are ongoing.  Actions will continue to be determined by what is necessary to protect public health and the interests of consumers.

FSS advice to vulnerable groups including pregnant women, children and the elderly remains that they should not consume raw, unpasteurised milk and dairy products such as cheese made from unpasteurised milk due to the increased risk of food poisoning. Please find a link to our advice on raw milk here

FSS is advising all consumers who have purchased this product not to consume them, and to return the product(s) to where they purchased them.

If you would like to view full details of the FAFA please follow the link provided here: http://www.foodstandards.gov.scot/news/fafa-02-2016-errington-cheese-lanark-white

The products which could be affected include:

Identification of the product:

Brand Name

Batch Code

Pack Size

Durability Dates

Lanark White

G14

All pack sizes

Unknown

Image result for lanark white cheese

 

Tags
All business
Catering & Retail
Consumers
Health Professionals
Local Authorities
Manufacturers
Media
Older people
Pregnancy & Children
Food Safety
Food Standards
Health
Incidents
News & Updates