Waitrose recalls products in Listeria scareTwo salmon foodstuffs affected

22 August 2007

Waitrose has recalled two of its own brand Scottish salmon products after tests revealed the presence of Listeria.

Shoppers have been warned not to eat either the Waitrose Poached Salmon Terrine (100g) or the Waitrose Smoked Salmon Parcel (115g).

The affected products have date codes up to and including 28 August 2007 and consumers should return the products to their local stores for a full refund.

The UK food watchdog - the Food Standards Agency - says that Listeria monocytogenes usually causes illness in vulnerable groups such as pregnant women, babies, the elderly and people with reduced immunity.

Vulnerable groups

Among these groups, the illness is often severe and life-threatening.

The supermarket chain has apologised for any inconvenience caused and said it is working closely with its supplier to ensure the contamination doesn't happen again.

However, it added that, as a precautionary measure, it has temporarily suspended the production of a number of other products made by the same supplier.

The following products are therefore currently unavailable:

Waitrose Prawn cocktail 200g
Waitrose Prawn cocktail reduced fat 200g
Waitrose Panamanian king prawns 200g
Waitrose Hebridean mini dressed crab 140g
Waitrose Mini dressed crab shells 420g
Waitrose Hebridean white crab meat 100g
Waitrose Dressed layered crab 200g
Waitrose Scottish smoked salmon tsar slices 110g
Waitrose Mini smoked salmon rings 190g
Waitrose Scottish smoked salmon ring 250g.

For further information customers should call Waitrose Customer Services on 0800 188 884.