Urgent ‘do not eat’ chicken warning as Aldi, M&S, Tesco and Sainsbury’s clear shelves

A number of retailers have removed sandwiches, wraps and ready meals containing chicken from their shelves following a salmonella outbreak at a UK processing plant. Tesco, Marks & Spencer, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Co-op and Aldi have all removed lines from the shelves, asking customers not to eat them.

Other affected retailers include Amazon, Caffe Nero, Costa, Jamie Oliver deli by Shell, One Stop and Starbucks. The fast food outfit Pret A Manger has also removed all chicken items on its menu.

In total, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has listed about 100 products involved in the recall. Symptoms of salmonella poisoning include diarrhea, vomiting and stomach cramps. The affected products have an expiration date of 11, 12 and 13 May, WalesOnline reports.

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Tesco has pulled 14 items, including chicken breast slices, coronation chicken pieces and flame-grilled chicken thinners with expiration dates through May 18, 19 and 20.

A spokeswoman for Sainsbury’s said: “We are recalling most of Sainsbury’s and Taste the Difference chicken sandwiches, chicken wraps, chicken sandwich plates and some of our cooked chickens. This is a precautionary measure as our supplier has warned us that salmonella has been found in some batches of boiled chicken.

“We ask customers not to consume the product and return it to their nearest Sainsbury’s store, where they will receive a full refund. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.”

Items containing chicken have been removed from retail shelves

M&S has removed 12 items, including its coronation-chicken deli filling, 14-piece classic sandwich dish and classic mini roll selection. Waitrose has pulled back 10 of its own chicken sandwiches and wraps.

A spokeswoman for Pret A Manger said: “As a precautionary measure, we have temporarily removed the majority of chicken items on our menu due to a potential food safety risk with one of our suppliers. We hope to have these products back in stores soon. We Sorry for the inconvenience.”

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This comes after salmonella was discovered during a “routine internal inspection” at the Cranswick processing plant in Hull. The company said: “Cranswick can confirm that a routine internal inspection has identified the presence of salmonella in a limited number of cooked chicken products cooked at our poultry facility in Hull.

“These products are sold as ingredients for sandwiches and meals through UK retailers and food-to-go stores. As a precautionary measure, we have asked our customers to remove all their products containing our ready-to-eat chicken produced during the affected period.

“We are working closely with the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration and will work with their experts to resolve the matter. We are in the process of a thorough investigation of the possible cause of the pollution, and the site will remain closed until the investigations are completed.

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

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A spokesman for Waitrose told MailOnline that it was recalling 10 of its Waitrose chicken sandwich and wrap lines – with Use By dates through May 14 – due to a potential Salmonella risk. They added: “Customers should not consume these items and should return them to us for a full refund. We very much regret the inconvenience.”

M&S posted a notice on its website. The latter stated that the retailer recalled 12 foods “given that a small number of products may contain Salmonella”.

The goods include:

  • Coronation Chicken Deli Filler
  • 14 pieces classic sandwich dish
  • Classic mini roll selection
  • Chicken & Bacon Caesar Wrap
  • Made Without Wheat gluten-free chicken and bacon sandwich with use by 11, 12 and 13 May
  • Roasted chicken and bacon sandwich with use no later than 11, 12 and 13 May
  • Roasted chicken and salad sandwich with use no later than 11, 12 and 13 May

The recalled include:

  • Waitrose fried chicken salad with salad cream sandwich
  • Fried chicken and filling sandwich
  • Essential Chicken Mayo Sandwich
  • Waitrose Chicken & Bacon Caesar Wrap

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