concerns prompt food alert to Burnham-On-Sea residents
health officers have this week issued a warning to shoppers in
the Burnham-On-Sea area to be on the look out for a brand of olives
that may pose a health risk.
District Council's Environmental Health team have contacted over
120 food premises across Sedgemoor after receiving a national
food alert from the Food Standards Agency.
single jar of the olives tested positive for the C.botulinum type
council says the product is most likely being sold via specialist
delicatessens and on farmers market stalls.
labelling information on the jar is solely in Italian. Only one
jar from the batch is currently known to have been contaminated
with C.botulinum which causes Botulism, but the Food Standards
Agency is advising consumers not to eat the contents of jars from
this batch as a precautionary measure. The presence of C.botulinum
renders the product a potential health risk," a council spokesman
added that identification of the affected product is possible
by the product name on the label. This is a variety of olive rather
than a brand - Olive Bella Di Cerignola. The brand/trade name
is DIVINI di Chicco Francesco. The lot number is 161/11 with a
best before date of 10/06/2014. The producer details on the label
are: Divini di Chicco Francesco, Via Catalina, 3, Andria (BA),
of the public who have a jar of the olives should contact Sedgemoor's
Sandra Cheung on 01278 435338 or Dean Nuralli on 01278 435768