Avoca hummus recalled over listeria fears
Batches of hummus and colcannon have been recalled by the food retailer Avoca due to the presence of listeria.
The Food Safety Authority of Ireland said Avoca recalled the products because of the presence of listeria monocytogenes - a bacteria that can cause listeriosis infections.
Listeriosis can resemble flu or meningitis and is a serious disease, particularly for the elderly and those with a weakened immune system. It is also a risk to pregnant women as it can cause miscarriage.
The affected products are Avoca Hummus (264g) that has a use-by date of February 7, and Avoca Colcannon (550g) with a use-by date of February 4.
In a statement, Avoca said the recall of a single batch of two products was initiated as a "precautionary measure" after "routine testing indicated the product did not meet the usual high standard". It said: "The products were on sale in Avoca stores only, and have been withdrawn from sale.
"Customer notices are on display in store with the product recall details."
A "thorough investigation" is under way, it added.