Salmonella in Chistorra de Navarra from Lidl

A warning has been issued over a popular sausage sold in Lidl stores in Spain, Chistorra de Navarra, because the presence of salmonella. The product has therefore been withdrawn from the market and if you have it at home, you should not eat it.

AESAN, the Spanish Agency for Food Safety and Nutrition, has transmitted the alert received by the health authorities of Navarra due to the presence of Salmonella in the well-known sausage: Chistorra de Navarra.

The manufacturer of this popular product, Navarra de Embutidos SL, has warned of the possible contamination of its product with Salmonella bacteria.

The alert refers to Chistorra de Navarra, prepared by Navarra de Embutidos SL. It is a vacuum-packed and refrigerated product, which is sold exclusively in Lidl supermarkets.

The batch affected by the problem is 222429, with expiration dates 02/26/2023 and 02/27/2023.

If you have this product at home, do not consume it and return it to the establishment where you bought it.

For now, there is no record of any cases of poisoning related to this alert, but if you think they have consumed this chistorra, keep an eye out for possible symptoms (vomiting, diarrhoea, headache and malaise or even fever) and go to your health centre if they appear.

Salmonella is a bacterium that lives in the intestine of man and animals. It can contaminate water and food, and its effects are noticeable, since it is behind many outbreaks of food poisoning.

The foods that can be contaminated with Salmonella more easily are raw or undercooked meat (this fresh chistorra is an example, but there are other recent ones for other meats and meat derivatives), eggs (especially if they are raw), milk and dairy products, raw vegetables irrigated with polluted water.

After eating food contaminated with Salmonella, symptoms  may appear within 12 to 36 hours (or even sooner): malaise, headache, fever, abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhoea, which usually resolve without major complications in a few days, but that can be complicated in the case of more vulnerable people, such as the elderly, young children or the sick.