Unilever in the UK, the makers of that world-renowned thick salty beef extract, Bovril, has recalled some 15,000 jars today after routine checks of their jars revealed traces of the bacteria Salmonella, (one of the causes of food poisoning) reports BBC News. This revelation comes closely to the unrelated recent outbreak of Salmonella in the USA which has been attributed to contaminated chilli peppers.
Bovril is a popular ‘beef tea’ drink especially in France, Spain, Malaysia, Singapore and China and is solely manufactured in the UK at its factory in Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire. It has been drunk by generations and is featured also as a popular ingredient in many local recipes.
Unilever says the recalled jars only affect those with best-before-end date of January 2010 with batch codes of L8201XX795, L8206XX795, L8207XX795, L8208XX795 and L8207XX795.
So far, it is not known whether any of the affected batches have found their way overseas.