Sandwich maker seeks alternative supply after salmonella outbreak

13 May 2022

The sandwich maker at the centre of a food recall is working to find alternative sources of supply after a salmonella outbreak at a key chicken supplier.

Greencore, which supplies sandwiches to the UK’s major supermarkets, said it was “moving quickly to alternative sources of supply in order to minimise any potential shortfall of products that may be affected”.

The move follows a salmonella outbreak at Cranswick Country Foods processing plant in Hull on 11 May.

A Greencore spokesperson said: “We can confirm that we have been notified by one of our suppliers that it has detected the presence of salmonella in some of its products. 

“We are following our well-established contingency plans and are moving quickly to alternative sources of supply in order to minimise any potential shortfall of products that may be affected.”

Over 100 products have been recalled from supermarkets including Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Aldi, M&S and Waitrose, as well as Pret a Manger, resulting in shortages on shelves. 

The plant produces 160 tonnes a day of chicken for sandwiches and ready meals across the UK.

Cranswick said the salmonella was detected during “a routine internal inspection” in a number of cooked chicken products.

It said: “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 Food Standards Agency said: “Cranswick Country Foods are recalling several products containing chicken because salmonella has been found in some of the chicken used to manufacture these products. 

“As a precaution additional products are also being recalled whilst investigations continue.”

Sainsbury’s said it was recalling the majority of its and Taste The Difference chicken sandwiches, chicken wraps, chicken sandwich platters and some of its cooked chicken in response to the findings. 

A spokesperson said: “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.”

Sainsbury’s is the most impacted retailer with 33 of its products facing recalls, while Tesco has recalled 14 products, M&S 12 and Waitrose 10.

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