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May 14, 2000


Tesco Withdraws Organic Mushrooms


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E.coli: Tesco Withdraws Organic Mushrooms

Supermarket giant Tesco has taken all its organic
mushrooms off the shelves after routine tests showed the
"possible presence" of the deadly E.coli virus.

Customers are warned not to eat organic mushrooms
bought from the store after a preliminary test found the
possibility of there being E.coli O157 in a 200g pack with
the display date of May 10.

Tesco says it is a "strong possibility" that Belgian manure
infected the mushrooms, which came from a supplier in
Northern Ireland.

Spokesman Alan McLaughlin says: "As a precaution we
have withdrawn all organic mushrooms from our stores. In
situations like this we don't take chances."

The supermarket will not stock organic mushrooms until
full tests on the suspect pack, due to be completed in two
days' time, confirm or rule out the presence of the bug, he

The Food Standards Agency warns: "Any consumers who
have purchased organic mushrooms from Tesco should
not eat them."