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Lidl recalls cheese slices

Lidl is recalling St Maarten Classic Belgian Cheese Slices because they may be contaminated with listeria. The Agency has issued a Product Recall Information Notice.

Product information

The product being recalled is:

  • St Maarten Classic Belgian Cheese Slices
  • Size: 200g
  • Best before: all date codes

Lidl is recalling all date codes of St Maarten Classic Belgian Cheese Slices and is displaying a point-of-sale notice explaining to customers the reason for recall. If you have bought the affected cheese you should return it to Lidl for a full refund. For more information contact the Lidl customer helpline on 0870 444 1234.

No other St Maarten or Lidl products are known to be affected.

The science behind the story

Listeria is a type of food poisoning bacteria that can be found in food – particularly chilled foods, such as pâté, cooked sliced meats, soft cheeses and smoked fish.

About product withdrawals and recalls

If there is a problem with a food product that means it should not be sold, then it might be 'withdrawn' (taken off the shelves) or 'recalled' (when customers are asked to return the product).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 Food Standards Agency 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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