Industrial unit at the heart of the UK’s major chicken sandwich shortage

Cranswick's chicken factory in Hull, which supplies chicken to many of Britain's largest retailers, and is now the center of a salmonella outbreak that has destroyed sandwiches, wraps and salads and closed the factory

Cranswick's chicken factory in Hull, which supplies chicken to many of Britain's largest retailers, and is now the center of a salmonella outbreak that has destroyed sandwiches, wraps and salads and closed the factory

This is the East Yorkshire food factory at the center of a salmonella scare that has seen chicken sandwiches, salads, wraps and ready meals pulled from shelves or out of the hands of shoppers in many of the largest supermarkets and food chains in Great Britain.

Pret, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Aldi, Leon, M&S and Waitrose have stopped selling some or all cooked poultry products due to the outbreak at the giant Cranswick food processing plant in Hull.

Cranswick, which considers itself a producer of gourmet cooked chicken for sandwiches and meals, says the salmonella was discovered during a “routine internal inspection.”

The products feared to be contaminated appear to have been used by the dates of May 11, 12 and 13, and tons of food have now been confiscated and thrown away. The Food Standards Agency has advised people with products in the refrigerator not to eat them.

It is not yet clear whether anyone has become ill from the bug, which occurs six hours to six days after infection. It causes diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps and can cause hospitalization in severe cases. About 50 people die in the UK every year.

A spokesperson for Cranswick, which makes most of its own brand sausages in supermarkets, but switched to chicken quite recently, said: “As a precautionary measure, we have asked our customers to remove all of their products containing our ready-to-eat chicken which contains produced during the affected period. † We are working closely with the Foods Standards Agency and will work with their experts to resolve the matter,” adding that the factory “will remain closed until the investigation is completed.”

The massive pull of chicken products shows just how exposed the UK food chain is to a handful of huge suppliers.

MailOnline today visited several supermarkets and food stores where the shelves that were usually piled high with chicken salads and sandwiches were bare or closed. A Pret store in Kensington had all labels removed for its poultry products and staff said they had “run all out”.

A nearby M&S continues to sell chicken and sweetcorn and chicken and avocado sandwiches, but the chicken and bacon and chicken and salad have been taken away, leaving an empty shelf. It emerged yesterday that a Sainsbury’s customer tried to buy some of the chicken, but it was stolen by a woman at the till.

Cranswick's chicken factory in Hull, which supplies chicken to many of Britain's largest retailers, and is now the center of a salmonella outbreak that has destroyed sandwiches, wraps and salads and closed the factory

Cranswick's chicken factory in Hull, which supplies chicken to many of Britain's largest retailers, and is now the center of a salmonella outbreak that has destroyed sandwiches, wraps and salads and closed the factory

Cranswick’s chicken factory in Hull, which supplies chicken to many of Britain’s largest retailers, and is now the center of a salmonella outbreak that has destroyed sandwiches, wraps and salads and closed the factory

Empty shelves where chicken sandwiches and wraps belong in a Sainsbury's in Notting Hill today

Empty shelves where chicken sandwiches and wraps belong in a Sainsbury's in Notting Hill today

Empty shelves where chicken sandwiches and wraps belong in a Sainsbury's in Notting Hill today

Empty shelves where chicken sandwiches and wraps belong in a Sainsbury's in Notting Hill today

Empty shelves where chicken sandwiches and wraps belong in a Sainsbury’s in Notting Hill today

Empty shelves at Pret in Kensington today where chicken products have been removed and plates removed

Empty shelves at Pret in Kensington today where chicken products have been removed and plates removed

Empty shelves at Pret in Kensington today where chicken products have been removed and plates removed

M&S said in a post on their website they are recalling 12 foods 'as a small number of products may contain Salmonella'

M&S said in a post on their website they are recalling 12 foods 'as a small number of products may contain Salmonella'

M&S said in a post on their website they are recalling 12 foods ‘as a small number of products may contain Salmonella’

Aldi recalls Eat + Go Chicken & Bacon Caesar Wrap and Eat + Go Chicken & Bacon Caesar Wrap Triple due to possible presence of salmonella

Aldi recalls Eat + Go Chicken & Bacon Caesar Wrap and Eat + Go Chicken & Bacon Caesar Wrap Triple due to possible presence of salmonella

Aldi recalls Eat + Go Chicken & Bacon Caesar Wrap and Eat + Go Chicken & Bacon Caesar Wrap Triple due to possible presence of salmonella

Cranswick's statement saying the salmonella was found on a 'routine inspection'

Cranswick's statement saying the salmonella was found on a 'routine inspection'

Cranswick’s statement saying the salmonella was found on a ‘routine inspection’

The 10 products Waitrose is recalling

Waitrose is recalling all of the products below with a purpose of use on date until May 14th due to the possible presence of Salmonella, which can cause illness if consumed.

  • Waitrose Roast Chicken Salad With Salad Cream Sandwich
  • Waitrose Roast Chicken & Stuffing Sandwich
  • Waitrose Roast Chicken & Sweetcorn Sandwich
  • Waitrose Essential Chicken Mayo Sandwich
  • Waitrose Chicken & Bacon Caesar Wrap
  • Waitrose Sweet Chilli Chicken With Coconut & Coriander Pickle Wrap
  • Waitrose Deep Filled Roast Chicken & Stuffing Sandwich
  • Waitrose Roast Chicken & Bacon Sandwich
  • Waitrose Deep Filled Roast Chicken & Bacon Sandwich
  • Waitrose Entertaining Meat Roulade Wrap Selection

Waitrose last night became the latest supermarket giant to recall some of its chicken sandwich range due to a potential salmonella risk amid a growing High Street poultry crisis.

The move came when Pret A Manger removed all chicken products from its menu, Aldi recalled its chicken and bacon Caesar wraps and Sainsburys took action regarding its cooked chicken offering.

Waitrose made the decision as a ‘precautionary measure’, urging customers not to eat the sandwiches and wraps.

“We are recalling 10 of our Waitrose sandwich and wrapping lines – with an expiration date until May 14 – due to a potential Salmonella risk,” a spokesperson told MailOnline.

Customers are not allowed to consume these items and must return them to us for a full refund. We apologize for the inconvenience.’

Those being recalled are the Waitrose Roast Chicken Salad with Salad Cream Sandwich; Roast Chicken Sandwich & Stuffing; Essential Chicken Mayo Sandwich and Waitrose Chicken & Bacon Caesar Wrap.

The problem is probably caused by a problem from a supplier.

Marks & Spencer is now also issuing a ‘precautionary measure’ for several chicken products due to the possibility that a small number of them may contain salmonella.

A Sainsbury’s spokesperson said in a tweet: “We are recalling most Sainsbury’s and Taste the Difference chicken sandwiches, chicken wraps, chicken sandwich platters and some of our cooked chicken.”

Product Recalls from Marks & Spencer

Marks & Spencer has recalled the following items:

  1. Coronation Chicken Deli Filler
  2. 14 Piece Classic Sandwich Bowl
  3. Classic Mini Role Selection
  4. Chicken & Bacon Caesar Wrap
  5. Made without wheat Gluten-free Sandwich with chicken and bacon
  6. Roast Chicken & Bacon sandwich
  7. Roast Chicken & Salad Sandwich
  8. Layered salad with chicken and bacon
  9. Caesar salad with grilled chicken
  10. Pasta Salad With Chicken Honey Mustard
  11. Cafe Gluten Free Chicken Salad Sandwich
  12. Café Classic Sandwich Selection

It was described as a precautionary measure, and the supermarket chain added: ‘Our supplier has warned us that salmonella has been found in some batches of cooked chicken.’

M&S said in a statement on their website: they are recalling 12 foods ‘as a small number of products may contain Salmonella’.

Items include the Coronation Chicken Deli Filler; 14-piece classic sandwich platter; Classic Mini Role Selection; Chicken & Bacon Caesar Wrap; Made without wheat Gluten Free Chicken & Bacon Sandwich and the Roast Chicken & Bacon Sandwich.

Pret also took the “precautionary measure” to remove the chicken items “due to a potential food safety risk with a supplier.”

The chain previously advertised a Sriracha Chicken Salad Wrap for its new menu, but the item does not currently appear on its website.

Past staples, including the Chicken Caesar baguette, are also not available, with a message that reads “Oops, this product is not currently in our stores.”

A Pret A Manger spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘As a precautionary measure, we have temporarily removed most chicken products from our menu due to a potential food safety risk with one of our suppliers.

“We hope to have these products back in stores soon. We apologize for any inconvenience.’

Waitrose and Pret’s problems have been linked to Aldi, which has had to recall its chicken and bacon Caesar wraps over fears of salmonella and Sainsbury’s, where customers report being ‘blocked’ from buying chicken.

Anyone with Aldi items in the fridge is advised not to eat them by the Food Standards Agency. Instead, they will be asked to return them to the nearest store for a full refund.

The Eat + Go chicken and bacon Caesar wrap and triple wrap are both affected. The contaminated items have use dates of May 11 and May 12.

Meanwhile, Brits took to social media to report that chicken was being removed from Sainsbury’s branches.

Waitrose told MailOnline it is recalling 10 of its Waitrose sandwich and wrap lines - with expiration dates through May 14, but didn't say which ones exactly.  Pictured, the Chicken and Bacon Caesar Wrap

Waitrose told MailOnline it is recalling 10 of its Waitrose sandwich and wrap lines - with expiration dates through May 14, but didn't say which ones exactly.  Pictured, the Chicken and Bacon Caesar Wrap

The supermarket has recalled 10 of its Waitrose sandwich and wrap lines, but did not say which ones.  Pictured, the southern fried chicken wrap

The supermarket has recalled 10 of its Waitrose sandwich and wrap lines, but did not say which ones.  Pictured, the southern fried chicken wrap

Waitrose told MailOnline it is recalling 10 of its own chicken and wrap line sandwiches – with expiration dates through May 14, but didn’t specify which ones exactly. Pictured, the Chicken and Bacon Caesar, and Southern Fried Chicken Wraps

Pret a Manger has removed all its chicken products from its online menu - raising fears that they have also been affected by salmonella problems

Pret a Manger has removed all its chicken products from its online menu - raising fears that they have also been affected by salmonella problems

Pret a Manger has removed all its chicken products from its online menu – raising fears that they have also been affected by salmonella problems

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When looking for Pret's Chicken Caesar wrap, the website says 'Oops, this product is not currently in our stores'

When looking for Pret's Chicken Caesar wrap, the website says 'Oops, this product is not currently in our stores'

When looking for Pret’s Chicken Caesar wrap, the website says ‘Oops, this product is not currently in our stores’

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One said: ‘Tried to buy cooked chicken from @sainsburys tonight and it’s blocked at the till from being sold – anyone else found any problems?

“Apparently all cooked chicken is blocked for sale, including chicken sandwiches.”

Another wrote: ‘I saw two staff members take loads of chicken products off the shelves this evening, they were ‘destroyed’ – working from a large list.

“I was able to buy a few, but they checked the list first!”

MailOnline has contacted the Food Standards Agency, Aldi and Sainsbury’s for comment.

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