“It can cause serious complications, including meningitis.”

A batch of butter has been recalled due to the presence of listeria monocytogenes.

The Food Safety Authority says the 454g packs of Bandon Co-op Butter have a batch code of L134 and a best before date of 14/09/2019.

Retailers are being requested to remove the affected batch from sale and clearly display a point-of-sale recall notice, informing customers not to eat the affected batch.

Consumers are advised not to eat the affected batch of Bandon Co-op butter.

Symptoms of Listeria monocytogenes infection can include vomiting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle aches, severe headache and neck stiffness.

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

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Some people are more vulnerable to Listeria monocytogenes infection, including pregnant women, babies, older people and those with weakened immune systems.

The incubation period is on average three weeks but can range between three and 70 days.

The implicated batch of butter was distributed in retail shops in Co Cork only.