Preliminary tests carried out by the U.K. Health Protection Agency (HPA) have identified the toxin that causes botulism from a used jar of Loyd Grossman Korma sauce. The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is advising consumers who have purchased the particular batch of the product to dispose of it and not consume. A full recall of this product batch has been issued and the sauce is being removed from shop shelves.
This follows two cases of botulism in one family in Scotland where the contaminated jar of sauce was discovered. No further cases have been identified to date. There is no evidence to suggest that the samples taken from the jar for testing could have been separately contaminated from another source. Further tests on this and from another unused jar of the korma sauce taken from the home of the patients are underway.
The affected batch is: 350g jars of Loyd Grossman Korma sauce with a best before date of February 2013. The sauce has a batch code of: 1218R 07:21
Health professionals across the UK have been made aware of the suspected cases and advised to look out for people of all ages with possible symptoms.