Third UK child treated for botulism linked to Loyd Grossman Korma sauce

BBC News reports a third child in central Scotland has been admitted to hospital with suspected botulism.

NHS Forth Valley said the child was a sibling of the other two being treated for the illness, which has been linked to Loyd Grossman branded korma sauce.

The child is being treated at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Glasgow and is said to be stable.

At present, health officials believe only one jar of the sauce was contaminated.

The two siblings who were admitted to hospital last week are "stable and improving", NHS Forth Valley said in a statement.

TV presenter Loyd Grossman was said to be "devastated" after the botulism poisoning cases came to light. The sauce was made by Premier Foods at its factory in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.

The Food Standards Agency has warned people not to consume jars of Loyd Grossman korma sauce in 350g jars with a best-before date of February 2013. The batch code is: 1218R.

Investigations carried out to date at the factory and on other jars from this and other batches, have not revealed any contamination.

2 sick in Scotland; recall of Loyd Grossman Korma sauces following botulism link

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.