Tests conducted by Sainsbury’s have – as yet – found “no indication” of e.coli in its watercress salad products.
Earlier this morning (13 September), the UK retailer recalled six lines of bagged salad over concerns the watercress they contained is linked to an outbreak of e.coli that has sickened 15 people.
“Although no contamination has been found in our products we have as a precautionary measure withdrawn six lines containing watercress,” a spokesperson for the group told just-food. “We are testing all similar products and have found no indication of contamination,”
The recall includes By Sainsbury’s Watercress Leaves 75g; By Sainsbury’s Watercress; Spinach and Rocket salad 100g; By Sainsbury’s Watercress, Spinach and Rocket 170g; By Sainsbury’s Watercress twin pack2 x 35g; So Organic Watercress 75g; and So Organic Watercress, Spinach and Rocket, 100g.
In addition to Sainsbury’s own tests, the UK’s Food Standards Agency, Public Health England and local authorities are investigating the outbreak.