On 21 December 2017, Errington Cheese Ltd recalled a batch of their Dunsyre Blue cheese after a wholesaler reported the detection of Listeria monocytogenes in the product. Following further sampling, the company voluntarily recalled all batches of Dunsyre Blue cheese on 22 December 2017.
Symptoms caused by L. monocytogenes can be similar to flu and include high temperature, muscle ache or pains, chills, feeling or being sick and diarrhoea. However, in rare cases, the infection can be more severe, causing serious complications, such as meningitis. Some people are more vulnerable to Listeria infections, including those over 65 years of age, pregnant women and their unborn babies, babies under one month old and people with weakened immune systems.
Anyone who has purchased this product has been advised by Food Standards Scotland (FSS) to avoid eating it and return it for a full refund at the point of purchase.
Source: FSS News Releases, 22-23 December 2017