Chicken products

UK Salmonella outbreak linked to chicken products – hundreds of infections, at least one death

Chicken sold at supermarkets including Sainsbury’s has been the subject of several recalls by the Food Standards Agency as almost 500 Salmonella infections have been reported.  At least one person has died.

Cases date back to January 2020, with at least a third of those infected requiring hospital treatment, with more than 200 being children.  The outbreak has been traced to contaminated chicken imported from Poland which has been made into budget chicken products including:

  • SFC Chicken Poppets
  • SFC Boneless Bucket
  • Chick Inn 32 Jumbo Chicken Nuggets
  • Lidl’s Red Hen Breaded Chicken Nuggets
  • Aldi’s Roosters Breaded Poppin Chicken
  • Iceland’s Chip Shop Curry Chicken Breast Toppers

The FSA have advised anyone who has purchased the above products not to eat them and to return them to the shop in which they were purchased to receive a full refund.

Investigations ongoing

According to an FSA spokesperson: “Investigations have been and continue to be undertaken back to farm level in Poland. While some batches of these poultry products share some common food operators in the food chain, more than one supplier has been identified and multiple farm level producers have also been identified. Investigations are ongoing in Poland to identify which farm-level sources have led to the outbreaks.”

Salmonella infections are normally mild, though very uncomfortable, and resolve within a few days or weeks.  However, there can be more serious cases where hospital treatment is required or complications occur.  The symptoms usually include gastric pain, sickness and diarrhoea.

If you or a loved one has suffered illness after consuming any of the listed products, you could be entitled to compensation.  Holiday Claims Bureau represent clients in food poisoning claims arising in the UK as well as those during package holidays.

You should retain proof of purchase even if you have returned the product.

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