Co-op of the UK: E. Coli O157 Recall on Sliced Pepperoni Due to E. Coli Contamination
A recall has been placed by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) on Co-op branded sliced pepperoni, due to traces of E. Coli O157 being found in the product. The affected sliced pepperoni product is sold in 70g packages with “best by” date of May 19, 2020. Co-op has stopped selling their sliced pepperoni product until further notice, and customers that have purchased the product are advised to not consume the product. The sliced pepperoni can be returned to the place of purchase, or by contacting 0800 0686 727 or [email protected] for a refund.
E. Coli O157 is a Shiga toxin that can result in food poisoning, and even death, if consumed, advises food lawyer Ron Simon. Shiga toxin E. Coli (STEC) infections result from ingestion of contaminated water or food, or by coming into contact with an infected person or animal. The most common source of STEC infections is from the consumption of ground beef , a cheap meat that allows for bacteria to easily breed. Symptoms of E. Coli poisoning typically present 3-4 days after ingestion, though symptoms can begin as early as one day and as late as 10 days after ingestion. Common symptoms of STEC poisoning include abdominal pain, nausea, and fatigue, though some also experience vomiting, diarrhea, and a fever. Symptoms typically resolve themselves 5-7 days after the symptoms begin, though medical attention may be necessary if the symptoms are severe. According to the CDC, approximately 5-10% of STEC infections result in hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a potentially life-threatening complication that may shut down the kidneys if not treated properly. If you believe that you are suffering from STEC as a result of Co-op’s recalled sliced pepperoni, contact your physician immediately.