Yet more SFC frozen chicken products have been recalled over food safety concerns amid ongoing investigations into a salmonella outbreak. Salmonella has been found in a number of batches. The Food Standards Agency indicated that further updates may be provided if other batches are found to contain salmonella.
Which products are affected?
The following products and batch codes have now been recalled: the SFC Take-Home Boneless Bucket (650g, all batch codes, best before 28 November 2021), SFC Chicken Poppets (190g, all batch codes, best before 24 September 2021 and 31 October 2021), SFC Chicken Poppets (190g, batch code L:25820, best before 28 February 2022).
Customers who bought any of these products are advised not to eat them. Instead, you can return them to their nearest store for a full refund—even if you no longer have the receipt. If you can’t get to a store, you can also email a photo showing the batch code information to email@example.com for a refund by post.
Food safety to protect against salmonella
As well as recalling the batches stated, the Food Standards Agency has also reiterated its food safety advice to consumers. According to the FSA, ‘If followed correctly, the cooking instruction on the label is enough to kill any salmonella present.’ They also encourage everyone to always remember the ‘4Cs of food hygiene’ which are chilling, cleaning, cooking and avoiding cross-contamination.
Salmonella is a type of bacteria found in the gut of many farm animals. It can be transferred into food products during rearing, slaughter and processing of meat. It is usually spread by inadequate cooking and poor food hygiene leading to cross-contamination. Food poisoning from salmonella is most likely to cause severe symptoms in young children, elderly people and those with compromised immune systems.