Health team warns food traders of toxic olives

PUBLISHED: 13:30 01 August 2012


AN ENVIRONMENTAL health team has contacted more than 120 food premises in Somerset after being alerted that a toxic jar of olives could be on the shelves.

Sedgemoor District Council’s health team received the national food alert from the Food Standards Agency after a single jar of olives tested positive for a type of toxin – C.botulinum.

The product is most likely to be sold in specialist delicatessens and/or farmer market stalls and the information on the label is in Italian.

Only one jar from the batch is currently known to have been contaminated with the toxin, which causes the illness botulism.

But the Food Standards Agency is advising consumers not to eat the contents of jars from this batch as a precautionary measure.

The glass jar with a metal screw-top lid is labelled Olive Bella Di Cerignola and traded by DIVINI di Chicco Francesco. It weighs 580g and the best before date is 10/06/2014.

If any members of the public have a jar of these olives, please contact Sandra Cheung on 01278 435338 or Dean Nuralli on 01278 435768 for further information.

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