Lidl soup - with added botulism scare!
Have you been eyeing up that Lidl "Deluxe" Crayfish Soup with Saffron in your cupboard? Well, you might want to reconsider as the product has been withdrawn, as it was found that it might contain a bug that causes botulism or food poisoning.
Now, this only affects the soup from Lidls in Northern and Southern Ireland, thanks to the possible presence of the delicious sounding Clostridium species. This particular bacteria can cause Clostridium botulinum or Clostridium difficile, which is potentially fatal, but more likely to give you rotten stomach ache and a leaky ring.
Lidl in a recall notice said "During internal testing, microbiological abnormalities were identified for this product. As a health risk cannot be excluded, the manufacturer has chosen to recall the [crayfish soup]."
"Because of the possible health risk, consumers should not consume the affected product. No other varieties of soup from this manufacturer are affected. The product can be returned in all Lidl stores for a full refund. We apologise for any inconvenience caused."
The Food Standards Agency said: "Lidl is recalling all batches and 'best before' dates of its 'Deluxe' Crayfish Soup with Saffron from stores in Northern Ireland as a precautionary measure because of the possible presence of Clostridium species. The safety of the product cannot be demonstrated."
The soup sold in 570ml pouches apply across all best before dates and all batch numbers. If you're not bothered about the money, bin it. If you are, get it back to your nearest store for a refund, stat.