London-based sandwich maker Bread Spread has recalled all its sandwiches, wraps, rolls and baguettes containing chicken, over listeria contamination fears.
An FSA recall alert said the manufacturer was taking the “precautionary step” to recall the ranges because listeria monocytogenes had been found in the chicken filling product.
Listeria monocytogenes causes symptoms similar to flu, including high temperature, muscle ache or pain, chills, feeling or being sick and diarrhoea.
The recall affects a total of 21 product lines, with use-by dates up to and including 2 August 2020.
They are: Chicken and Mayo sandwich (160g), Chicken Mayo crusty baguette (200g), Chicken salad Torpido (230g), Chicken salad French stick (250g), Chicken Salad tortilla (240g), Chicken salad special baguette (200g), Chicken and Bacon sandwich (160g), Chicken and Bacon crusty baguette (200g), Chicken and Bacon roll (150g), Chicken and Bacon Torpido (230g), Chicken and Bacon French Stick (250g), Chicken and Bacon Tortilla (240g), Chicken Mayo roll (150g), Chicken and Bacon special baguette (200g), Chicken Mayo Torpido (230g), Chicken Mayo French stick (250g), Chicken Mayo Tortilla (240g), Chicken Mayo special baguette (200g), Chicken salad sandwich (160g), Chicken salad crusty baguette (200g) and Chicken salad roll (150g).
Bread Spread supplies its products to colleges, universities, hospitals and independent retailers.
Shoppers who had purchased the products should return them to the store where they were purchased for a full refund or contact Bread Spread consumer care team to arrange a refund, it said. Point of sale notices will be displayed in all retail stores selling the products.
The recall comes just over a year after sandwiches from The Good Food Chain containing listeria were linked to several hospital deaths in the UK.
The tragedy prompted the FSA to publish new guidelines for healthcare providers warning about the risks of serving chilled ready-to-eat foods to vulnerable patients and urging hospitals to ensure sandwiches and salads were kept at temperatures below 5°C from delivery through to service.
The British Sandwich Association, meanwhile, advised hospitals not to serve sandwiches to vulnerable patients unless a clinician ruled there was no risk.
The Grocer has approached Bread Spread for comment. The BSA said it was awaiting publication of the government’s Hospital Food Review. But in in the meantime, it was helping hospitals “tighten up” procedures and recommending, as a safety precaution, that hospitals and care centres should stick to offering sandwiches with ingredients that are “less susceptible” to listeria.