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Waitrose recalls seeds in salmonella scare

Packs of mixed seeds tainted with food bug

Waitrose has pulled packets of mixed seeds due to salmonella contamination, the food watchdog said yesterday.

The chain recalled 250g packs of mixed seeds and is offering customers a full refund.

Only Waitrose own-brand packets with best before dates of March 8 and 15 2008 are subject to the recall.

The Food Standards Agency said in a statement: ‘Waitrose has recalled certain date codes of its own brand Wholesome Mixed Seeds (250g) because of the presence of salmonella.’

Waitrose recall

A product recall notice released by Waitrose said it was pulling the seed packets after routine tests showed the salmonella. It’s investigating how the salmonella contamination happened.

The seeds should not be eaten and should be returned to the chain for a full refund, the notice said.

Waitrose apologised to customers for any inconvenience caused. The company said it had not received reports of anyone becoming ill as a result of the salmonella.

A spokesman for the chain said: ‘We insist on the highest standards of product integrity and we took action as soon as we knew about this issue.

‘On the rare occasions when we have an issue such as this we work closely with the Food Standards Agency and follow their advice.’

The chain is investigating the salmonella contamination along with its seed supplier Besana.

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