Salmonella finding closes factory and prompts large-scale recall

A poultry company in England has halted production at one of its sites after finding Salmonella in chicken. Dozens of products have been recalled.

Cranswick said the facility in Hull will remain closed until an investigation into the possible cause of contamination has been completed.

A routine internal inspection identified the presence of Salmonella in some cooked chicken products.

The products are sold as ingredients for sandwiches and meals in 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 in a statement.

“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.”

Knock-on recall impact
A number of supermarkets including Marks and Spencer, Tesco, Waitrose, Aldi and Sainsbury’s have issued recalls as have Amazon, coffee shops Costa, Starbucks and Caffé Nero and the sandwich store franchise Pret A Manger.

Recalled products from Co-op

A social media post from Pret said: “Customer safety is always our priority, so we’ve temporarily removed chicken from our menu as a precautionary measure due to a supplier food safety issue. No Pret products have currently been affected and we’re continuing to work with the supplier on the issue.”

Aldi recalled eight products due to potential Salmonella contamination with one having a use by date of May 19. Tesco issued an alert for 14 chicken products with some having dates up to May 20.

More than 30 products are covered in the Sainsbury’s notice with use by dates ranging from May 3 to May 20 and Co-op has also recalled sandwiches, wraps and ready meals with chicken.

Waitrose’s product recall affected 10 wraps and sandwiches affecting all use by dates up to and including May 14. A dozen products, including salads and deli fillers, are mentioned in the Marks and Spencer recall with use by dates from May 11 to May 17.

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