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A cheese which could make people ill has been pulled from sale.

People are being warned Dunsyre Blue cheese has been found to contain listeria.

The Food Standards Agency is urging people not to eat the cheese.

Issuing an urgent recall, the organisation said: "Symptoms caused by this organism can be similar to flu and include high temperature, muscle ache or pain, chills, feeling or being sick and diarrhoea.

"However, in rare cases, the infection can be more severe, causing serious complications, such as meningitis.

"Some people are more vulnerable to listeria infections, including those over 65 years of age, pregnant women and their unborn babies, babies less than one month old and people with weakened immune systems."

The affected product is the Dunsure Blue range produced by Errington Cheese Ltd with a batch code of J9. All sizes and use by dates are potentially dangerous.

Dunsyre Blue

The affected cheese (Image: Errington Cheese Ltd)

A spokesman for Errington Cheese said: "Routine customer testing has identified Listeria Monocytogenes in a sample of pasteurised Dunsyre Blue. 

"We have therefore taken the decision to recall this batch on a precautionary basis, please do not consume it. 

"As a precautionary measure if you have purchased Dunsyre Blue with a batch code of J9 on the label on the base of the cheese please dispose of it and contact us on [email protected]erringtoncheese.co.uk or telephone 01899 810 257 and we will arrange a refund.

"We are very sorry for the inconvenience caused."

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