Bounce Energy Balls have recalled a number of products across Ireland and the UK after it emerged they may contain meningitis-causing bacteria.
The snacks, popular with gym-goers, have recalled two varieties of the product as they could contain listeria monocytogenes, a pathogen that can manifest and develop into meningitis.
Symptoms of listeria can be similar to flu, including a high temperature, muscle aches and pains, chills, vomiting and diarrhoea. Although rare, the illness can develop into meningitis or bacteremia which poses a huge threat to those with weak immune systems such as the elderly and young children.
The company has recalled the ‘Cashew & Pecan Vitality Lift’ and ‘Apple & Cinnamon Protein Punch’ varieties of Bounce Balls, which each contain sunflower kernals, the source of the contamination in this case.
Bounce Foods said: "We are voluntarily recalling selected Bounce Cashew & Pecan Protein Balls and Bounce Apple & Cinnamon Protein Balls.
"This is a precautionary measure that comes after one of our ingredient suppliers was found to have distributed sunflower kernels that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes (L.mono) that can cause serious food poisoning.
"We would reassure customers that we have not received any news of consumers being affected by the contamination."