Lidl forced to recall hot dogs as they warn £4.99 snacks can lead to high temperatures, diarrhoea and even meningitis


Supermarket giant Lidl has been forced to recall packs of ready-to-eat hot dogs, after warnings that the snacks could cause high temperatures, diarrhoea and meningitis.

The supermarket chain issued an urgent safety recall for McEnnedy Corn Dogs on sale across Britain and Ireland after Listeria monocytogenes bacteria was found.

Lidl is pulling the snacks, which retail for around £4.99, from its shelves.

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) issued a warning over the products, stating today: ‘Lidl is recalling McEnnedy Corn Dogs because Listeria monocytogenes has been found in the product and accompanying sauce.

NHS advice on listeriosis – the infection caused by eating foods containing listeria – says that the illness ‘usually goes away on its own, but it can make some people seriously ill.’

According to the NHS, symptoms of listeriosis include a high temperature of 38C or above, aches and pains, chills, feeling or being sick and diarrhoea.

The packs containing Listeria were found to be those at a size of 530g, with best before dates 28 April 2024, 10 June 2024 and 10 August 2024

The FSA added: ‘Lidl is recalling the above product. Point-of-sale notices will be displayed where the product was sold. Thesenotices explain to customers why the product is being recalled and tell them what to do if they have bought the product.

‘Symptoms caused by this organism can be similar to flu and include high temperature, muscle ache or pain, chills, feeling or being sick and diarrhoea.

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

The FSA warned customers not to eat the product if they have purchased it.

Lidl GB and Lidl Ireland ‘apologised for any inconvenience caused’ and said consumers can return the product to their nearest Lidl store for a full refund, even without a receipt.