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Asda, Tesco and Sainsbury's withdraw cheese from shelves over listeria fears; Galloway Coloured Medium Grated Cheddar has been removed from the shelves of major supermarkets in the UK.

Byline: Matthew Dresch

Supermarkets have withdrawn a brand of cheese from sale over fears it may be contaminated withlisteria.

Tesco, Asda and Sainsbury's have all taken Galloway Coloured Medium Grated Cheddar off their shelves.

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) warned customers that Lactalis McLelland Ltd had recalled the product as a precautionary step.

The FSA said batches with the best before date of August 26 could contain listeria, theLiverpool Echoreports.

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It can prove dangerous for people who have weakened immune systems, and also the elderly, pregnant women and infants.

Galloway Coloured Medium Grated Cheddar is sold in Sainsbury's, Tesco and Asda.

The Food Standards Agency says: "The health risk to the public remains low and individuals should only seek medical attention if they develop symptoms."

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They strongly urge customers not to the eat product, and to return it to the storey they bought it from.

The manufacturer said: "We apologise for any inconvenience caused. If you have any questions please contact the Galloway Team on 08000834358."

Five hospital patients have died from a listeria outbreak, which has been linked to pre-packaged sandwiches served in hospitals.

Last week the total number of confirmed cases of listeriosis rose to nine.

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The following Trusts have diagnosed listeria cases linked to the sandwich outbreak,with no associated deaths:

According to health authorities, all affected sandwiches and salads were withdrawn from hospitals when the links to the listeria infections were identified, and NHS organisations were advised to halt serving Good Food Chain products to vulnerable patients.

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Tesco is one of three supermarkets to remove the product from its shelves

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Sainsbury's has also stopped selling the brand

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Asda is also no longer offering the cheese

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Publication:Daily Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 21, 2019
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