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Warning issued over Sainsbury’s, Asda, Co-op and Waitrose seafood due to salmonella fears


MAJOR supermarkets have issued a recall of seafood products over fears that they could make people sick with salmonella.

Up to 12 items from Sainsbury’s, Asda, Co-op and Waitrose have been recalled and shoppers are being warned not to eat them.

Supermarkets will give shoppers their money back for affected food

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Supermarkets will give shoppers their money back for affected food

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) said the seafood products could be contaminated with salmonella.

Symptoms caused by salmonella usually include fever, diarrhoea and abdominal cramps.

The product recall includes chilled and frozen mussels, cockles and seafood selections.

The following products are affected and anyone who has these in their fridge or freezer should not eat them.

The FSA is advising customers to return them to stores for a full refund.

Which seafood could be contaminated?

THE Food Standards Agency (FSA) warns that the following products may be contaminated with salmonella.

Sainsbury’s

  • Mussels (chilled), 150g, all best before date
  • Cockles (chilled), 90g, all best before date
  • Seafood selection (chilled), 200g, all best before dates
  • Cooked cockles (frozen), 200g, all best before dates
  • Cooked cockles (frozen), 200g, all best before dates
  • Cooked mussels (frozen), 300g, all best before dates
  • Seafood selection (frozen), 300g, all best before dates

Co-op

  • Cooked Mussels (chilled), 140g, all best before dates
  • Cooked seafood selection (frozen), 300g, all best before dates

Asda

  • Seafood selection with mussels, seafood bites and king prawns (chilled), 240g, best before dates: January 22 , 24, 25, 26, 27, 28
  • Cooked mussels (chilled), 150g, best before dates: January 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28
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Waitrose

  • Essential frozen seafood selection, with ling prawns, mussels and squid rings (frozen), 250g, all best before dates up to and including end of January 2022
  • Essential cooked seafood selection with mussels, king prawns and squid (chilled), 200g, all best before dates from December 20 (2020) to January 20 (2021)

The FSA said: “If you have bought any of the above products do not eat them. Instead, return them to the store from where they were bought for a full refund.”

Sainsbury’s said in a notice to customers: “It has been brought to our attention that pack of by Sainsbury’s chilled and frozen cockles, mussels and seafood selection may be contaminated with salmonella .

“We are asking customers who have purchased any of these products not to eat them and to return them to their nearest Sainsbury’s store for a full refund when they next visit for groceries and other essentials.”

Anyone unable to go to a store, such as people who are vulnerable, shielding or self-isolating should contact Sainsbury’s, either online or on 0800 636262.

Asda has told customers: “As a precautionary measure, we are recalling the above products and date codes. due to the possibility of salmonella.

Your product recall rights

PRODUCT recalls are an important means of protecting consumers from dangerous goods.

As a general rule, if a recall involves a branded product, the manufacturer would usually have lead responsibility for the recall action.

But it’s often left up to supermarkets to notify customers when products could put them at risk.

If you are concerned about the safety of a product you own, always check the manufacturer’s website to see if a safety notice has been issued.

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When it comes to appliances, rather than just food items, the onus is usually on you – the customer – to register the appliance with the manufacturer as if you don’t there is no way of contacting you to tell you about a fault.

If you become aware that an item you own has been recalled or has any safety noticed issued against it, make sure you follow the instructions given to you by the manufacturer.

They should usually provide you with more information and a contact number on its safety notice.

In some cases, the manufacturer might ask you to return the item for a full refund or arrange for the faulty product to be collected.

You should not be charged for any recall work – such as a repair, replacement or collection of the recalled item.

“Salmonella has been detected in the manufacturing environment of our supplier, no products have tested positive but as a safety measure we have taken the decision to notify consumers.”

Customers can return items to their nearest Asda store for a refund and do not need a receipt, or call 0800 952 0101 for any queries.

Co-op said customers should return the item to their nearest store for a refund, or contact them if they are self-isolating or shielding on 0800 0686 727 or email customer.careline@coop.co.uk.

Waitrose has told customers they can return the items to stores for a refund or contact its customer care team on 0800 188 884.

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