The Food Standards Agency (FSA), has identified the 'Cashew & Pecan Vitality Lift’ and the ‘Apple and Cinnamon Protein Punch’ Bounce Energy Balls as containing listeria causing bacteria.
Responding to the news, Liz Brown, CEO of Meningitis Now said:
“Listeria is a rare cause of meningitis. It can be contracted from eating contaminated foodstuffs, such as unpasteurised soft cheeses, pate and shellfish. In most people, listeria is a mild infection with fever, diarrhoea and vomiting lasting few days.
“In rare cases, listeria infection can be more severe and cause meningitis. Those most at risk of severe infection include pregnant women and their unborn child, young babies, people over 65 years old and those with a weakened immune system.
“High-profile education campaigns warning about the dangers of eating certain foods during pregnancy have led to very few cases of listeria meningitis being recorded in the UK.
“Like all cases of meningitis, I would advise people to ensure they know the signs and symptoms of meningitis and to seek immediate medical attention should they see or experience a combination of them. Acting quickly prevents deaths and significantly improves patient outcomes”.
The bacteria which comes from sunflower kernels, is an ingredient in the high-protein energy snacks popular with health and fitness enthusiasts.
Bounce Foods said: "We care deeply about the health and safety of consumers and as such we have chosen to initiate a voluntary recall of these products in an abundance of caution to protect public health."
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