Sainsbury's pulls watercress in E. coli scare

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BY KATHY HAMMOND

Sainsbury's pulls watercress in E. coli scare

The retailer takes action as a precautionary measure in relation to a possible E. coli outbreak

Sainsbury's pulls watercress in E. coli scare
All Sainsbury's watercress lines have been withdrawn

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Sainsbury’s is recalling all of its bagged watercress and salads containing watercress as a precautionary measure, due to a possible association with an outbreak of E.coli O157 that has made 19 people ill.

The retailer has informed the Food Standards Agency (FSA) that it is carrying out testing on all of its affected lines. So far no trace of Ecoli O157 has been found.

The FSA, Public Health England and local authorities are all investigating the outbreak. 

The retailer is advising people not to consume any of the following products and to return them to the store they were purchased:
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 pack, 2 x 35g
So Organic Watercress, 75g
So Organic Watercress, Spinach and Rocket, 100g

The retailer said in a statement: ““Although no contamination has been found in our products we have as a precautionary measure withdrawn six lines containing watercress. We are testing all similar products and have found no indication of contamination. We will of course keep customers fully updated. Customers who have bought any of these products from Sainsbury's since 1st August should not consume them. They can be returned to store for a full refund. We apologise for the inconvenience this may cause.”

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