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Tesco recalls flavoured butters due to the possible presence of Listeria monocytogenes

Tesco has taken the precautionary step of recalling some flavoured butter products due to the possible presence of Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria monocytogenes is a bacterium that can cause foodborne illness.


The products listed below may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria monocytogenes is a bacterium that can cause foodborne illness, particularly among key vulnerable groups, including pregnant women, unborn and newborn babies, those over 60 years old, and anyone with reduced immunity. 

Product details

The UK recall from consumers concerns only the products below:

All packs and all ‘use-by’ dates of the following Tesco butters are being recalled:

  • Tesco Chocolate Chip & Maple Syrup Butter 100g
  • Tesco Red Chilli & Lemon Butter 100g
  • Tesco Roast Garlic & Herb Butter 100g
  • Tesco Three Peppercorn Butter 100g​

The following complimentary butter discs, which are offered to customers at the fresh meat and fish counters, are also affected. Customers are advised to throw them away.

  • Counters Roast Garlic & Herb Butter Discs 10g 
  • Counters Peppercorn Butter Discs 10g
  • Counters Chilli Butter Discs 10g
  • Counters Mr Crumb Roast Garlic & Herb Disc 10g
  • Counters Mr Crumb Chilli Butter Disc 10g​

No other Tesco products are known to be affected.

Action taken by the company

Tesco has taken the precautionary measure of recalling all products that may be affected. Tesco has published a point-of-sale notice which is attached to this notice. 

PDF file Customer notice: Tesco flavoured butters(53.35 KB)

Advice to consumers

Consumers are advised not to consume any of the above products, and return the affected products to store where a full refund will be given.

If you require further details, please contact Tesco Customer Services directly on 0800 505 555.

About product recalls and withdrawals

If there is a problem with a food product that means it should not be sold, then it might be 'withdrawn' (taken off the shelves) or 'recalled' (when customers are asked to return the product). The FSA issues Product Withdrawal Information Notices and Product Recall Information Notices to let consumers and local authorities know about problems associated with food. In some cases, a 'Food Alert for Action' is issued. This provides local authorities with details of specific action to be taken on behalf of consumers.

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