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One person dies after contracting listeria as health experts issue warning over cheese

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People are being warned not to eat Baronet semi-soft cheeses that have been recalled as they are contaminated with listeria - some at 'exceptionally high levels.' One person has died, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said, while two others have contracted listeria linked to the product.

Symptoms of listeria can be similar to that of the flu and include high temperature, muscle ache or pain, chills, vomiting and diarrhoea.

Baronet cheese is sold in both small individual rounds and as 1kg wheels. The cheeses are sometimes served sliced from a deli counter, so it may not always be clear whether you have purchased an affected product. READ MORE: Family of Gorton man shot dead by police in Australia allege officers waited seven minutes before giving him CPR The UKSHA has advised consumers to contact the retailer they bought their cheese from to find out if the Baronet cheese they have purchased is from the batches affected and in the meantime to not eat the product.

Richard Elson, Head of Incidents and Response at UKHSA, said: "Listeriosis is a rare infection and most people will only experience mild symptoms such as abdominal pain or diarrhoea, which usually pass within a few days without the need for treatment.

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