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

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

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

In total, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has listed around 100 products involved in the recall. Symptoms of salmonella poisoning include diarrhoea, vomiting and stomach cramps. The affected products have use-by dates of May 11, 12 and 13, reports WalesOnline.

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Tesco has pulled 14 items, including chicken breast slices, coronation chicken pieces and flame-grilled chicken thins with use-by dates up to and including May 18, 19 and 20.

A Sainsbury’s spokeswoman 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.”

Items containing chicken have removed from retailers’ shelves

M&S has removed 12 items, including its coronation chicken deli filler, 14-piece classic sandwich platter and classic mini roll selection. Waitrose has withdrawn 10 of its own chicken sandwich and wraps.

A Pret A Manger spokeswoman 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.”

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It comes after salmonella was detected 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 prepared at our poultry facility in Hull.

“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 Food Standards Agency and will collaborate with their experts to resolve the matter. We are cause a complete investigation into the possible cause of the contamination and the site will remain closed until the investigations are complete.

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

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A spokesman for Waitrose told MailOnline it was recalling 10 of its Waitrose chicken sandwich and wrap lines — with Use By dates up to and including 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 are very sorry for the inconvenience.”

M&S issued a notice on its website. This stated that the retailer was recalling 12 food products “given a small number of products may contain Salmonella.”

The items include:

  • Coronation Chicken Deli Filler
  • 14 piece classic sandwich platter
  • Classic mini roll selection
  • Chicken & Bacon Caesar Wrap
  • Made Without Wheat gluten free chicken and bacon sandwich with use by dates of 11th, 12th and 13th of May
  • Roast Chicken and Bacon Sandwich with use by dates of 11th, 12th and 13th of May
  • Roast Chicken and Salad Sandwich with use by dates of 11th, 12th and 13th of May

Those being recalled include:

  • Waitrose Roast Chicken Salad with Salad Cream Sandwich
  • Roast Chicken & Stuffing Sandwich
  • Essential Chicken Mayo Sandwich
  • Waitrose Chicken & Bacon Caesar Wrap

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