Supermarkets and food chains have been removing chicken products from their shelves over fears of salmonella contamination.
Pret A Manger, Aldi, Sainsbury’s and Marks and Spencer are among those understood to have made the move due to the possible presence of salmonella in some batches of cooked chicken.
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) website lists around 100 products involved in the recall, with retailers also including Amazon, Caffe Nero, Costa, Jamie Oliver deli by Shell, One Stop and Starbucks.
Food processing company Cranswick said a routine internal inspection at its Hull plant had found salmonella in “a limited number of cooked chicken products” prepared there.
Salmonella is a form of bacteria often found in raw or undercooked meat, raw eggs, milk, and other dairy products.
Symptoms of salmonellosis, which include vomiting and fever, typically resolve themselves within a few days, but they can be more severe and lead to hospitalisation, especially in the very young and those with weakened immune systems.
Here are the supermarkets and food chains that have removed chicken items from their shelves:
Pret A Manger you have removed most of its chicken items from its menu.It is understood Pret A Manger’s supplier alerted it to a salmonella risk at one site, prompting the high-street restaurant to make the move as a precautionary measure.
“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,” a Pret A Manger spokesperson said.
“We hope to have these products back in shops soon. We apologize for any inconvenience.”
Aldi is recalling a number of products containing chicken – including wraps, sandwiches, flavored fillets – with use by dates up to and including May 15.
Similarly, sainsburys is recalling the majority of its chicken sandwiches, chicken wraps, chicken sandwich platters, chicken toasties, chicken slices and some cooked chicken.
“This is a precautionary measure as our supplier has alerted us that salmonella has been detected in some batches of cooked chicken,” a spokesperson said.
“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.”
Marks & Spencer has issued a “precautionary recall” of several chicken products (including sandwiches, wraps, rolls, and pasta salads) due to the possibility that a small number of them may contain salmonella.
In a notice on its website, the company said: “Customer safety is of paramount importance to Marks & Spencer and we take all issues regarding the production of our foods extremely seriously.”
Chicken and bacon caesar wraps, roast chicken and bacon sandwiches and chicken honey mustard pasta salad are among the 12 products being recalled.
Tesco is recalling packs of chicken breast pieces and slices as well as mini fillets.
At Waitrose, 10 chicken-based sandwiches and wraps have been recalled.
The supermarket chain has recalled its Oriental chicken curry with egg fried rice, Oriental sweet and sour chicken with egg fried rice and Oriental chow mein, as well as a number of chicken wraps and sandwiches.
Cranswick, the company behind the food processing plant in question, said in a statement it “can confirm that a routine internal inspection has identified the presence of Salmonella in a limited number of cooked chicken products prepared at our poultry facility in Hull.”
It added: “These products are sold as ingredients for sandwiches and meals through UK retailers and food to go outlets.
“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.”
The company said an investigation is under way and the site has been closed temporarily.
In April, a salmonella outbreak linked to Kinder products produced in Belgium saw a number of children become seriously unwell, with many having to be admitted to hospital for treatment.
Retailers were reminded to carry out urgent checks to make sure all Ferrero and Kinder sweets subject to a product recall had been removed from sale.
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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.