FSA ‘confident’ on source of E. coli outbreak amid sandwich recalls

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has said it is “confident” that the source of the E. coli outbreak was lettuce.

However, it told Sky News it was “too early to determine” how the leaves may have been contaminated and has not yet confirmed if the lettuce was from a UK-based farm or imported from abroad.

Earlier this week, supermarket sandwich supplier Greencore was the first of three manufacturers to recall products in what was thought to be linked to a recent break out of E. coli in the UK.

Greencore, which supplies all of the major supermarkets in the UK including Asda, Sainsbury’s, Boots, Aldi and Co-op, with food-to-go products, said as a “precautionary measure” it had recalled thousands of products, including 30 different sandwiches and wraps.


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Following this, the FSA said that chilled and ambient food supplier Samworth Brothers Manton Wood had taken the precautionary step of recalling 15 lines of sandwiches and wraps sold in Tesco and One Stop due to the “possible contamination” with E. coli.

Meanwhile, plant-based food brand This also took the precaution of recalling its This Isn’t Chicken and Bacon wraps with a best before date of 18 June, which are only sold in WHSmith.

However, the FSA said that E. coli “has not been detected in the product” at all three companies.

The FSA and UKHSA has since launched an investigation into the recent outbreak which as of 11 June, has seen 211 cases of E. coli confirmed and at least 67 requiring hospital treatment.

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