AN URGENT appeal has gone out for people to check jars of Loyd Grossman Korma sauce amid fears that there is a risk of botulism poisoning.

The Food Standards Agency has issued the alert as a precautionary measure after one jar from the batch was known to have been contaminated with the bacteria Clostridium botulinum, which causes botulism.

The affected batch is: 350g jars of Loyd Grossman Korma sauce with a 'best before' date of February 2013. The sauce has a batch code of: 1218R 07:21.

A spokesman said: "Anyone who has any of the jars from this batch of Loyd Grossman Korma sauce should not eat it. No other batches of Loyd Grossman products are thought to be affected.

"Two members of the same family who have contracted botulism and have eaten from a jar of this batch of sauce have been hospitalised in Scotland. The FSA will issue more information as it becomes available."

Botulism is rare in the UK and symptoms include blurred vision, difficulty swallowing and difficulty speaking. Anyone who has consumed this product and is concerned about the symptoms above should seek urgent medical advice. Outside of normal hours, they can contact NHS DIRECT on 08454647.