Jars of Loyd Grossman Korma Sauce are being recalled as a precautionary measure after two children were diagnosed with botulism after eating a meal made with the curry sauce over the weekend.

Members of the public are being urged to check their cupboards for any jars of the korma sauce displaying batch no 1218R 07:21 with a best-before date of February 2013 and to discard them.

What is Botulism?

Botulism is a rare but very serious illness caused by the bacterium clostridium botulinum. Botulism cannot be spread from person to person and can only be contracted by either consuming the bacterium or by the bacterium entering the body through an open wound. Heating food to a high temperature during production normally kills clostridium botulinum which is why Botulism is rare.

The bacterium which causes botulism is the deadliest naturally occurring poison in the world. The illness attacks the nervous system and can cause paralysis and breathing problems. It normally takes months to recover after contracting botulism and approximately 10% of cases are fatal.

Treatment of Food Poisoning

If you suspect that you are suffering from any type of food poisoning you should seek immediate medical attention. It is particularly important for children, the elderly and people with underlying health problems to seek prompt medical advice.

Simple medical tests such as a stool or blood sample will enable specialists to diagnose exactly what you are suffering from and the quicker treatment starts, particularly with Botulism, the greater the chance of a full recovery.