UK supermarkets recall cooked chicken in salmonella alert | Food industry

More than 100 products containing cooked chicken – including sandwiches and wraps sold at Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Aldi, the Co-op, Pret a Manger and Marks & Spencer – have been withdrawn from sale after a salmonella scare at a major supplier.

Cranswick Country Foods said it asked customers to remove all of their products containing its ready-to-eat chicken produced during a given period after “a routine internal inspection” identified the presence of salmonella on a ” limited number” of these products at its poultry processing plant in Hull.

Items from Tesco’s One Stop convenience store chain, as well as Starbucks, Costa and Amazon are also among those potentially contaminated. Sandwich maker Greencore said it was “quickly moving to other sources of supply to minimize any potential shortages of products that could be affected”.

Cranswick said in a statement it was working with the Foods Standards Agency (FSA) to try to resolve the issue.

“We are conducting a thorough investigation into the possible cause of the contamination and the site will remain closed until the investigations are complete,” the company said.

“The safety and quality of every product produced by Cranswick is our number one priority and all necessary protocols will be followed and completed before restarting production.”

The FSA has advised anyone who has purchased any of the affected products not to eat it and return it to the store where it was purchased for a full refund.

Retailers and cafes have released lists of affected items, including best before dates.

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Sainsbury’s said the supermarket was ‘sorry for any inconvenience’ caused after recalling the majority of its premium Taste the Difference chicken sandwiches, chicken wraps and chicken sandwich platters, as well as some of its cooked chicken .

Tesco said it was recalling a number of items, including chicken breast slices with a best before date of May 20 and mini chicken breast fajita fillets with a best before date of May 18. may.

Waitrose said it was recalling 10 lines of chicken sandwiches and wraps with best before dates up to and including May 14. Marks & Spencer is recalling 12 items, including roast chicken sandwiches, chicken salads and a selection of mini rolls.

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