HEATH officials have launched an investigation after a jar of curry sauce produced at a Bury St Edmunds factory left two people seriously ill.
The pair in Scotland were struck down with botulism after eating the Loyd Grossman branded korma sauce, which was made at the Premier Foods Factory, in Mildenhall Road.
The Food Standards Agency and Premier Foods are examining the cause of the incident including how the jar was transported and stored after leaving West Suffolk.
Although the case was isolated to a single 350g jar, the company has recalled a 47,000 jar batch of the sauce as a ‘precaution’.
A spokesman for Premier Foods said: “The safety of consumers is of paramount importance to us.
“At this stage we understand the incident relates to a single jar of korma sauce.
“There is no evidence of any broader contamination, no further reports of illness have been notified to the authorities and we have had no consumer complaints of illness related to this product.
“We are working urgently with the authorities to investigate the cause of this incident including how the jar may have been transported and stored after leaving the factory.
“While these investigations are under way, we have initiated a precautionary recall of the specific batch code in the interests of the safety of our consumers.”
Botulism is caused by toxins produced by a bacteria which affects the nervous system.
Symptons include nausea, blurred vision as well as difficulty swallowing and speaking.
Anyone with a 350g jar of Loyd Grossman korma sauce with a best before date of February 2013, a batch code of 1218R and a production time of 17:21 should avoid eating the product.
They should also contact the Loyd Grossman consumer helpline on 0800 389 8548 to for a refund.