Asda, Co-op, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose have recalled a number of chilled and frozen seafood products due to fears that they may be contaminated by salmonella.
People who have purchased any of the products listed below, are strongly advised not to eat them. Instead, they should return them to the store for a full refund.
Read on to find out which products have been recalled and what to do if you’re affected.
What do I do if food I have bought or eaten is recalled? Consumer rights and food recalls explained.
Which seafood products are being recalled?
The following products are being recalled:
- Asda Seafood Selection (Mussels, seafood bites and king prawns) – chilled. Pack size: 240g. Best before: 22, 24, 25, 26, 27 and 28 January 2021
- Asda Cooked Mussels – chilled. Pack size: 150g. Best before: 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27 and 28 January 2021
- Co-op Cooked Mussels – chilled. Pack size: 140g. Best before: all date codes
- Co-op Cooked Seafood Selection – frozen. Pack size: 300g. Best before: all date codes
- by Sainsbury’s Mussels – chilled. Pack size 150g. Best before: all date codes
- by Sainsbury’s Cockles – chilled. Pack size: 90g. Best before: all date codes.
- by Sainsbury’s Seafood Selection – chilled. Pack size: 200g. Best before: all date codes
- by Sainsbury’s Cooked Cockles – frozen. Pack size: 200g. Best before: all date codes
- by Sainsbury’s Cooked Mussels – frozen. Pack size: 300g. Best before: all date codes
- by Sainsbury’s Seafood Selection – frozen. Pack size: 300g. Best before: all date codes
- Waitrose & Partners Essential Frozen Seafood Selection (king prawns, mussels and squid rings) – frozen. Pack size: 250g. Best before: all dates up to and including end of January 2022
- Waitrose & Partners Essential Cooked Seafood Selection (mussels, king prawns and squid) – chilled. Pack size: 200g. Best before: all use by dates from 20th December 2020 to 20th January 2021.
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What do I do if the seafood products I’ve bought have been recalled?
If you’ve bought any of the products listed above, don’t eat them. Return them to the store where you bought them for a full refund.
If you are vulnerable, shielding, or otherwise unable to return the product, you should:
- Contact Co-op on 0800 0686 727 or email email@example.com.
- Contact Sainsbury’s on 0800 636262 or check the Sainsbury’s website Sainsburys.co.uk/help.
Asda and Waitrose haven’t specifically stated what you should do if you’re shielding. But if you’d like more information on the recall, you can:
- Contact Asda on 0800 952 0101.
- Contact Waitrose on 0800 188 884, and select Option 4.
What are the symptoms of salmonella food poisoning?
Salmonella is a bacterium which causes food poisoning. It can come from raw meat, undercooked poultry, eggs and unpasteurised milk, in addition to seafood.
Symptoms of food poisoning include:
- stomach cramps
- a high temperature of 38C or above
- feeling generally unwell: feeling tired and having aches and chills, for example
The NHS says that symptoms usually develop within a few days of eating the contaminated food. However, sometimes symptoms can develop within just a few hours. Or – surprisingly – symptoms might take as long as a few weeks to show.
If you contract food poisoning, the NHS advises that the most important thing is to have lots of fluids to avoid dehydration. You should avoid fizzy drinks and fruit juice, though, as these can exacerbate diarrhoea.
Most people should be able to recover from home and symptoms will pass within a week. There is only a small risk of severe illness and the need for hospital care.
This guide explains more about your rights under the Consumer Rights Act when there’s a product recall. You can also read the official recall alert on the FSA website.