Sainsbury’s, Tesco, M&S and Waitrose are recalling a range of chicken products due to fears of salmonella.
The widespread withdrawal took place after a factory in Hull identified the bacteria in a “limited number of cooked chicken“Items during a routine inspection at its poultry facility.
Salmonella can make people and animals sick from a foodborne illness called salmonellosis.
Here’s what you need to know.
What products have been recalled?
Concerns were first raised when Aldi recalled its Eat + Go Chicken & Bacon Caesar Wrap Triple and Eat + Go Chicken & Bacon Caesar Wrap on 10 May because of the possible presence of salmonella.
Pret a Manger also took the “precautionary measure” to remove all chicken items from its menu “due to a potential food safety risk at a supplier”.
The Food Standards Agency advises consumers who bought any of the affected products not to eat them.
Sainsbury’s has withdrawn 33 items from sale as a precaution, including basics such as the Chicken Salad Sandwich and Coronation Chicken Sandwich. The full list can be read here.
Tesco has recalled 14 products, as follows:
- Tesco chicken breast slices, 180g
- Tesco chicken breast slices, 360g
- Tesco chicken breast slices, 180g
- Tesco tikka chicken breast thins, 180g
- Tesco coronation chicken pieces, 180g
- Tesco tandoori chicken pieces, 180g
- Tesco garlic & herb chicken breast mini fillets, 170g
- Tesco fajita chicken breast mini fillets, 170g
- Tesco flame grilled chicken breast mini fillets, 170g
- sliced chicken breast with sage & onion, 180g
- Tesco piri piri chicken breast mini fillets, 170g
- Tesco BBQ chicken breast pieces, 180g
- Tesco piri piri chicken breast pieces, 180g
- Tesco flame grilled chicken thins, 180g
M&S has recalled 12 products, as follows:
- 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
Waitrose has recalled 10 products, as follows:
- 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
What is salmonella?
Salmonella are a group of bacteria that can make people and animals sick from a foodborne illness called salmonellosis. Foodborne means the bacteria are carried on food.
Salmonella can contaminate foods including eggs, chicken, pork and dairy produce. But fruit and vegetable can also become contaminated if they have been in contact with livestock, manure or untreated water.
According to thUK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), there are “more than 2,500 strains of salmonella bacteria”. These live in the guts of domestic and wild animals including chickens, cattle, pigs, hedgehogs, snakes and lizards.
What are the symptoms of salmonella poisoning?
The symptoms include:
- Stomach cramps;
- Vomiting and fever (temperature of 38C or above);
- Generally feeling unaware – feeling tired or having aches or chills.
These symptoms usually develop between 12 and 72 hours after becoming infected.
However, sometimes they can start after a few weeks.
Illness usually lasts from four to seven days, but people with severe or prolonged symptoms should consult a doctor.