A friend alerted me to a product recall on Primula cheese spread.

Primula is a UK brand, but it is ultimately made by one of these big conglomerates, so might well be multinational. It’s one of these creamy-but-with-very-little-actual-cheese cheese spreads. I used to love it as a boy and most of the attraction now is childhood memories.

She was right – they found botulus is one of the production lines, or something. The place I found the story was Which are a reputable consumer-affairs site in the UK.

As far as I can make out (but you should check the article) the batch refers to every sub-flavour of their cheese spread, with product expiry between this christmas and the end of January 2021.

So, if you have one of these, it is worth checking. But before you panic – we bought a tube of Primula only two days ago from a big Tesco – I checked the expiry and it is already July 2021. So my guess is that the big supermarkets are already long past this batch. But if I’d bought it from a smaller supermarket with a lower stock turnover…

Author: Mister Bump UK

Designed/developed IT systems for banks, but had a stroke in 2016, aged 48. Returned to developing from home, plus do some voluntary work. Married, with a grown-up, left-home daughter.

5 thoughts on “Primula”

  1. I still have Primula nightmares. My momma bought tubed cheese, pies in tins, and dehydrated mashed potatoes for a family holiday to Anglesey. It was so gross. Beyond gross.

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    1. I can’t help thinking it would have been good to know this six months ago, when presumably these things were still in the shops. Although by the sounds of things, people are still selling them now.
      Botulism sounds bad, but I think I saw it described as “nasty” rather than “fatal”.

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