Five people are believed to have died from salmonella poisoning and hundreds more have fallen seriously ill after eating contaminated chicken imported from Poland.
The Food Standards Agency has urgently recalled three processed chicken products which have been on sale in supermarkets and food stores across the country.
SFC Chicken Poppets and Take Home Boneless Bucket were on sale at both Sainsbury’s and Morrisons.
And the Chick Inn 32 Jumbo Chicken Nuggets, made by Vestey Foods, were sold in Heron Foods stores and B&M.
All three products have now been withdrawn and customers are urged not to eat any they may already have at home.
In a statement the FSA said: “If you have bought any of the above products do not eat them.
“Instead, return it to the store from where it was bought for a full refund or alternatively, email a photo of the product packaging clearly showing the batch code information printed on the inner bag of the products to [email protected] for a refund and then safely dispose of the product at home.”
There have been 480 recorded cases of illness linked to these products, with around 44% of those affected to be children.
Four hundred cases were recorded in England, 2 in Scotland, 31 in Wales and seven in Northern Ireland.
Although some believe not all cases would have been reported during the pandemic, with people less likely to visit their GP.
Most affected would have diarrhoea, stomach cramps, vomiting and/or fever, although one in three of the 480 needed hospital treatment.
It is reported that number of European countries, including Ireland, have issued nearly 100 warnings about salmonella in chilled and frozen poultry from Poland since the beginning of last year.