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Salmonella in packets of FFS dill

France 3/Scoop, Aug 2

Florette and Cueillette & Cuisine have taken their sachets of ready-washed dill off the shelves, due to the presence of salmonella. The dill concerned was put on sale between 21 and 24 July.

Earlier this week, fast food giant McDonald’s had announced that it had detected the presence of listeria in a “Chicken Caesar" salad from a batch provided by Florette Food Services. (FFS) [no, the name is not an April Fool’s joke - Ed] and sold from 9 to 14 July in 12 regions.

The dill concerned was grown in Spain, said a spokesperson from FFS. In addition, the herb “could be in several other manufacturers,” said the company. “Analyses are still underway from an independent laboratory to confirm or deny the presence of the germ," said FFS, who is also continuing its internal investigation.

The four batches of dill concerned are 11-gram sachets with the following numbers and target dates: 204A (04/08), 201A (01/08), 200A (31/07) and 199A (30/07) . In agreement with the General Directorate for Competition, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Control (DGCCRF), all unsold products have been withdrawn from shelves.

If you have one of these sachets, don’t use it, and return it to the store where you bought it. If you have eaten the herb, you are advised to consult a doctor as a precaution, "especially for frail people or children".

Consumers who want more information or to get a refund, are invited to contact Florette’s customer service at 0 800 940 164. Cueillette & Cuisine, which has no connection with Florette, also recalled theirs “as a precaution”. The four batches identified are also 11 gram sachets with numbers 199A (31/07), 200A (01/08), 201A (02/08) and 204A (05/08).

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