Sainsbury's, Co-op, Asda and Waitrose have issued an urgent salmonella warning - here's why

These supermarkets have issued a number of product recalls due to salmonella fears (Photo: Shutterstock/Getty Images)

Sainsbury’s, Co-op, Asda and Waitrose are all recalling a variety of seafood products due to concerns that they might be contaminated with salmonella.

This is everything you need to know.

What is being recalled?

This is the full list of what is being recalled by each retailer.

Sainsburys:

  • Sainsbury’s Mussels (chilled), pack size 150g, all best before date codes
  • Sainsbury’s Cockles (chilled), pack size 90g, all best before date codes
  • Sainsbury’s Seafood Selection (chilled), pack size 200g, all best before date codes
  • Sainsbury’s Cooked Mussels (frozen), pack size 300g, all best before date codes
  • Sainsbury’s Seafood Selection (frozen), pack size 300g, all best before date codes

Co-op:

  • Co-op Cooked Mussels (chilled), pack size 140g, all best before date codes
  • Co-op Cooked Seafood Selection (frozen), pack size 300g, all best before date codes

Asda:

  • Asda Seafood Selection (Mussels, Seafood Bites and King Prawns) (chilled), pack size 240g, best before dates: 22, 24, 25, 26, 27 and 28 January 2021
  • Asda Cooked Mussels (chilled), pack size 150g, best before dates: 22, 23, 24, 26, 26, 27 and 28 January 2021

Waitrose:

  • Waitrose Essential Frozen Seafood Selection (King Prawns, Mussels and Squid Rings) (frozen), pack size 250g, all best before dates up to and including the end of January 2022
  • Waitrose Essential Cooked Seafood Selection (Mussels, King Prawns and Squid) (chilled), pack size 200g, all use by dates from 20 December 2020 to 20 January 2021

What to do if you’re affected by the recall

All four retailers have issued a similar statement which advises customers not to eat any of the recalled products if you have purchased them, and to take them back to your nearest store for a full refund.

Sainsbury’s states that customers who are vulnerable, shielding or otherwise unable to return the product to a store can get in touch via the careline on 0800 636262.

The Waitrose customer care line number is 0800 188 884, option four.

The Co-op customer care line number is 0800 0686 727, or alternatively you can get in touch via [email protected]

The Asda customer care line number is 0800 952 0101.

What are the symptoms of salmonella poisoning?

The NHS says that the time taken between contracting salmonella and becoming ill is between six hours and three days, but it can be longer. Often, it is within 12 to 36 hours.

Symptoms include:

  • Loose stools (usually without blood or mucous)
  • Abdominal (stomach) pain
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • General tiredness

These symptoms usually clear up within three to seven days, but a small number of people take weeks to fully recover.

The NHS states that “generally, individuals with salmonella do not require treatment”, but your GP should be contacted if symptoms become severe. Antibiotics may be prescribed in exceptional circumstances.