Public Health Lawyers React To Recall On Camembert

Leading Supermarkets Remove Products From Shelves Following Concerns Over Contamination


Expert public health lawyers have reacted to several supermarkets across the UK recalling camembert over concerns that the cheese may be contaminated with listeria, a bacteria that can cause food poisoning.

Sainsbury's recalled its Taste the Difference Camembert and Camembert Pays products, Asda removed its Extra Special Camembert de Pays, and the Co-op its Truly Irresistible Camembert following recommendations from the Food Standards Agency (FSA). 

The supermarkets have also advised customers not to eat products previously purchased within certain dates, and stated that the levels of listeria found in the products have been low. 

Amandeep Dhillon, a Partner and expert Public Health lawyer at Irwin Mitchell, who has represented thousands of people affected by food poisoning in the UK and abroad, said

Expert Opinion
“The supermarkets action to recall the products is a positive step, but it is vital that this issue leads to some consideration around the adequacy of procedures in place to which are aimed at preventing products containing threatening bacteria from reaching the point of sale.

“Our experience has shown that illness problems arising from consumption of contaminated food can be very serious and even fatal, so it is vital that lessons can be learned which will ensure consumers are better protected from any possible risks.”
Amandeep Dhillon, Partner