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Salad sold in Irish Dunnes Stores and Aldi shops urgently recalled over fears it may contain meningitis-causing bug Listeria

Irish Mirror logoIrish Mirror 16/04/2018 Anita McSorley
An Aldi discount store © Catalyst An Aldi discount store

Some batches of popular salads have been pulled from Irish shelves because they might contain Listeria.

Tests on some batches of Wonderfoods Salads revealed possible traces of the bug, which can make people seriously ill - and even lead to meningitis.

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The affected packs were sold in Irish Dunnes Stores and Aldi shops.

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Irish food chiefs uncovered the possible presence of Listeria monocytogenes in the bacon used for some salads.

This can cause high temperature, muscle ache or pain, chills, feelings of bring sick and diarrhea. However, in rare cases, the infection can be more severe, causing serious complications, such as meningitis.

General view of Dunnes Stores in Dublin. © PA General view of Dunnes Stores in Dublin.

Some people are more vulnerable to Listeria infections, including those over 65 years of age, pregnant women and their unborn babies, babies less than one month old and people with weakened immune systems.

Credits: Getty © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Getty The affected salads are the 175g Dunnes Stores chicken, bacon and sweetcorn deli filler with use-by dates of April 13, 2018 and April 20, 2018 and the 240g Aldi Specially Selected baby potato with bacon salad with use-by dates of April 13, 2018 and April 18, 2018.

In a statement on Friday, the Food Safety Authority said: "As a precautionary measure, Wonderfoods is recalling certain batches of their salads that contain a batch of bacon that possibly contains Listeria monocytogenes. No other products are affected by this recall."

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