Asda Recalls Beetroot Amid Deadly Botulism Bacteria Fears

Specialist Public Health Lawyers Welcome Food Safety Precautions


Supermarket chain Asda has issued a recall on jars of pickled beetroot amid fears they could potentially contain the deadly botulism bacteria. 

It is still not completely clear how the bacteria may have got into the 710g jars of ‘Asda Chosen By You Pickled Crinkle Cut Beetroot’, however a statement from the Food Standards Agency (FSA) highlighted that “the issue relates to controlling factors to prevent the growth and toxin production of Clostridium botulinum.” 

The Food Standards Agency has commented further, telling customers who have bought the jars to not consume them as botulinum can cause “serious” food poisoning. 

Botulism bacteria produce some of the most powerful toxins that attack the nervous system and in some cases cause paralysis. Other symptoms include blurred or double vision, drooping eyelids, difficulty swallowing or difficulty speaking. 

Irwin Mitchell’s expert lawyers have represented hundreds of clients who have suffered gastric illness as a result of contracting food poisoning either in the UK or while on holiday abroad.

Expert Opinion
“Asda is right to take swift action to remove this product from its supermarket and raise concerns with customers regarding the concerns that it may contain the deadly bacteria.

“It’s vital that every possible step is taken to protect consumers who may have purchased the product. Botulism bacteria can lead to people being hospitalised and we have seen through our work that severe food poisoning can cause long-lasting health problems.

“The focus now must be on fully investigating this incident to see what can be done to prevent any similar issues arising again.”
Amandeep Dhillon, Partner