M&S, Waitrose and Sainsbury’s are recalling a number of chicken products due to fears of salmonella.
M&S are withdrawing 12 products from sale, including deli chicken fillers and a number of salads and sandwiches.
Waitrose is recalling a further 10, all of which contain chicken, with a use-by date up to 14 May.
Sainsbury’s has recalled 33 items.
Anyone who has bought any of the items is advised not to eat them and return them for a full refund.
The issue was first raised on 10 May when Aldi withdrew its Eat + Go Chicken & Bacon Caesar Wrap and Eat + Go Chicken & Bacon Caesar Wrap Triple from sale.
In a statement from the Food Standards Agency, Aldi said this was because of the possible presence of salmonella.
The affected products had use-by dates of 11 and 12 May.
The list of products affected in M&S are:
Coronation Chicken Deli Filler
14 piece classic sandwich platter
Classic mini roll selection
Chicken & Bacon Caesar Wrap
Made Without Wheat Gluten Free Chicken & Bacon Sandwich
Roast Chicken & Bacon Sandwich
Roast Chicken & Salad Sandwich
Chicken & Bacon Layered Salad
Chargrilled Chicken Caesar Salad
Chicken Honey Mustard Pasta Salad
Café Gluten Free Chicken Salad Sandwich
Café Classic Sandwich Selection
The list of Waitrose products affected are:
Waitrose Roast Chicken Salad with Salad Cream Sandwich
Waitrose Roast Chicken & Stuffing Sandwich
Waitrose Roast Chicken & Sweetcorn Sandwich
Waitrose Essential Chicken Mayo Sandwich
Waitrose Chicken & Bacon Caesar Wrap
Waitrose Sweet Chilli Chicken with Coconut & Coriander Pickle Wrap
Waitrose Deep Filled Roast Chicken & Stuffing Sandwich
Waitrose Roast Chicken & Bacon Sandwich
Waitrose Deep Filled Roast Chicken & Bacon Sandwich
Waitrose Entertaining Meat Roulade Wrap Selection
A Waitrose spokesperson said: “Customers should not consume these items and should return them to us for a full refund. We are very sorry for the inconvenience.”
Sainsbury’s has also withdrawn 33 chicken-related items from sale, ranging from its wrap platter to Mexican mini-fillets and its Kansas BBQ wings.
A Sainsbury’s spokesperson said: “We are recalling the majority of Sainsbury’s and Taste the Difference chicken sandwiches, chicken wraps, chicken sandwich platters and some of our cooked chicken.
“This is a precautionary measure as our supplier has alerted us that salmonella has been detected in some batches of cooked chicken.
“We are asking customers not to consume the product and to return it to their nearest Sainsbury’s store, where they will receive a full refund. We’re sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.”
And Lidl has issued a warning over its Californian pistachios which may also be contaminated, and have a best before date of 4 October 2022.
Outbreak linked to Hull factory
The mass withdrawal of products happened after a Hull factory identified the presence of salmonella in a “limited number of cooked chicken” items during a routine inspection at its poultry facility.
Cranswick supplies ingredients for sandwiches and meals through UK retailers and food to go outlets.
In a statement, the company said: “As a precautionary measure, we have asked our customers to remove any of their products containing our ready to eat chicken produced during the affected period. We are working closely with the Foods Standards Agency and will collaborate with their experts to resolve the matter.
“We are conducting a thorough investigation into the possible cause of the contamination and the site will remain closed until the investigations are complete.”
Production will only resume at the Hull site once all the “necessary protocols had been followed”, it added.
Pret removes chicken sandwiches from sale
Pret and Aldi both withdrew their chicken items from sale earlier this week.
Pret said this move was purely a precautionary measure. It is understood no customers have purchased potentially-contaminated Pret products because the chain removed the impacted sandwiches from their shops before they could be sold.
A Pret A Manger spokesperson said: “As a precautionary measure, we’ve temporarily removed the majority of chicken items on our menu due to a potential food safety risk at one of our suppliers.
“We hope to have these products back in shops soon. We apologise for any inconvenience.”
What are the symptoms of salmonella?
- Abdominal cramps
Just weeks ago, a number of Kinder chocolate egg products had to be recalled due to concerns they were contaminated with salmonella.