Seeds withdrawn in salmonella scareHolland and Barrett pulls product from shelves

15 October 2007

Health food chain Holland and Barrett has withdrawn a batch of its Nature’s Harvest sesame seeds after they were found to contain the potentially lethal bug salmonella.

Shoppers have been advised not to eat the affected batch and to contact Holland and Barrett on what action they need to take.

Salmonella is the second most common cause of food poisoning and symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps and, in some cases, very serious illness or even death.

Food poisoning

However, the government’s Food Standards Agency says it is not aware of any reported cases of salmonella linked to this incident.

The affected products are Harvest Sesame Seeds Hulled 125g. They have a batch code of 30117 and a best-before date of the end of April 2008

No other Holland and Barrett Nature’s Harvest products or batch codes are known to be affected.