Recall of a Batch of The Real Olive Company Basil Pesto due to the Presence of Listeria monocytogenes

Wednesday, 3 March 2021

Category 1:

For Action

Alert Notification:



The Real Olive Company Basil Pesto

Batch Code:

Use by: 04.03.2021

Country Of Origin:



The Real Olive Company is recalling the above batch of its basil pesto due to the presence of Listeria monocytogenes. The implicated batch was sold to caterers. It was also dispensed and sold in unlabelled pots from The Real Olive Company’s shop in Dublin and stalls at the Limerick Milk Market and Cork English Market between 19th and 25th February 2021.

Nature Of Danger:

Symptoms of Listeria monocytogenes infection can include mild flu-like symptoms, or gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea.  In rare cases, the infection can be more severe, causing serious complications. Some people are more vulnerable to Listeria monocytogenes infections, including pregnant women, babies, and people with weakened immune systems, including the elderly.  The incubation period (time between initial infection and first symptoms appearing) is on average 3 weeks but can range between 3 and 70 days.

Action Required:

Manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, caterers & retailers:

Retailers are requested to remove the implicated batch from sale and to display a point-of-sale recall notice in stores where the affected batch was sold. 

Caterers should not use the implicated batch.


Consumers are advised not to eat the implicated batch.