Mussels recalled in poisoning scare

Three retailers today recalled thousands of packets of mussels over fears they contain toxins that could cause food poisoning.

The Food Standards Agency warned people not to eat certain batches of the frozen mussels produced by Bantry Bay Seafoods.

Aldi, Costco and Iceland all sold the affected products.

The agency said the 2009 use by dates meant the recalled items could currently be stored in customers’ freezers.

The FSA said the affected batches could contain Azaspiracid shellfish poisoning toxins (AZP), naturally occurring marine biotoxins which are known to cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, and stomach cramps.

Mussels from the same batches are believed to have caused a number of cases of food poisoning in France.

The products are:

Aldi

- Mussels in White Wine Sauce (900g) use by date 31.01.09

- Mussels in Garlic Butter Sauce (900g) use by date: 01.02.09

Costco

- Bantry Bay Mussels with use by dates of 05.01.09, 10.04.09 and 02.02.09

Iceland

- Iceland Mussels in a garlic butter sauce (450g) use by dates 02.02.09 and 14.07.09.

Customers should return the products for a full refund.

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