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.