Last updated on 12 September 2013
E.coli 0157 outbreak: Sainsbury’s recalls watercress
Sainsbury’s is recalling all of its bagged watercress and salads containing watercress as a precautionary measure, due to a possible association with an outbreak of E.coli O157 that has made 19* people ill.
The Food Standards Agency has issued a Product Recall Information Notice.
- by Sainsbury’s Watercress Leaves, 75g
- by Sainsbury’s Watercress, Spinach and Rocket salad, 100g
- by Sainsbury’s Watercress, Spinach and Rocket, 170g
- by Sainsbury’s Watercress twin pack, 2 x 35g
- So Organic Watercress, 75g
- So Organic Watercress, Spinach and Rocket, 100g
- 'Use by' dates: all date codes
No other Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd products are known to be affected.
The supermarket is advising people not to consume any of these products and to return them to the store they were purchased from for a full refund.
Investigations by the Food Standards Agency, Public Health England and local authorities are continuing and further information will be provided once it becomes available.
Sainsbury's has informed the FSA that it is carrying out testing on all of its affected lines, but that no trace of E.coli O157 has been detected to date.
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* Changed from 15 when originally published.