Over 100 chicken products pulled from shelves over salmonella fears

The Food Standards Agency said the outbreak was linked to Cranswick Country Foods’ factory in Hull. 

Outbreak of Salmonella at Cranswick Country Foods in Hull leads to recall of chicken products iStock
Recall: More than 100 sandwiches, wraps and paninis have been recalled over the outbreak.

More than 100 products containing chicken from sandwiches to ready meals have been pulled from shelves over fears of contamination with salmonella. 

The Food Standards Agency said the outbreak was linked to Cranswick Country Foods’ factory in Hull. 

As a result, supermarket chains such as Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Aldi and Marks and Spencer have recalled dozens of items, with cafe chains Starbucks and Costa Coffee also pulling toasties, paninis and salads from shelves.

The affected products had use-by dates of between May 11 and 20 and customers have been urged not to eat the items and instead return to the point of purchase for a refund. 

Salmonella is a type of bacteria which can be found in contaminated products and can cause food poisoning.

According to the NHS, symptoms include fever, diarrhoea and abdominal cramps.

In a statement, Cranswick Country Foods 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 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.

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

A Food Standards Scotland spokesperson said: “We are aware of the incident in relation to Cranswick Country Foods and are working with colleagues at the Food Standards Agency and Local Authorities to ensure any products which may have been affected are removed from sale as quickly as possible.

“The recall, which includes a wide variety of chicken products, has been carried out due to the detection of salmonella in chicken used to manufacture these products. As a precaution, additional products are also being recalled while investigations continue.

“This is a UK-wide recall and we are advising consumers who have bought any of the listed products not to eat them and, instead, return them to the store from where they were bought for a full refund.”

The list of Tesco products affected are:

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

The list of M&S products affected 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

The list of Aldi products affected are:

Aldi Chicken and Stuffing Sandwich

Aldi Chicken and Sweetcorn Sandwich

Aldi Chicken and Bacon Caesar Wraps Mixed

Aldi Chicken and Bacon Caesar Wrap Triple Wrap

Aldi Chicken Fajita Triple Wrap

Aldi Chicken Beechwood Smoked Bacon and Stuffing Sandwich

Aldi Eat & Go Chicken and Bacon Club with Mayo

Aldi Eat & Go Classic Selection Chicken Salad, Bacon, Lettuce & Tomato Prawn Mayonnaise Sandwiches

Aldi Flavoured Mini Chicken Fillets; Mango Curry & Shwarma

Aldi Roast Chicken & Bacon Sandwich

Aldi Roast Chicken Salad Sandwich

Aldi Sweet Chilli Chicken Triple Wrap

The list of Co-op products affected are:

Co-op Chicken & Bacon Caesar Wrap

Co-op Chicken & Sweetcorn Sandwich

Co-op Chicken and Stuffing Sandwich

Co-op Chicken Mayo Sandwich

Co-op Coronation Chicken Sandwich

Co-op Oriental Chicken Curry with Egg Fried Rice 400g

Co-op Oriental Chow Mein 375g

Co-op Oriental Sweet and Sour Chicken with Egg Fried Rice 400g

The full list of affected items are listed on the Food Standards Agency website.