Tesco, Sainsburys and Waitrose recall products due to norovirus fears

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Five of the UK's biggest supermarkets are recalling a vast array of food items because of possible norovirus contamination.

Tesco, Sainsbury's, Iceland, Waitrose and Co-op are the affected supermarkets.

The former has recalled its green Thai-style sauce, while Iceland as called back its chicken tikka because they either contain allergens not listed on the label, or have been printed with the wrong dates.

The recalls have been confirmed by the Food Standards Agency [FSA] who also oversee restaurant food hygiene ratings.

According the The Sun, the contamination was found after some customer complained of sudden onset nausea, projectile vomiting, diarrhoea, fever, abdominal pain and aching limbs – which are all symptoms of norovirus, also called the 'winter vomiting bug'.

Tesco is also recalling it's green Thai-style sauce, because it includes milk which is not on the label, and Iceland is also recalling its own-brand tikka chicken breast slices for the same reason.

The Co-op has recalled its salmon en croute, due to undeclared prawns, while Waitrose has removed its own Thrive Fish Pie because it contains eggs, which is not stated on the labels.

And anyone who bought Porthilly Shellfish's oysters between October 28 and November 9 this year are being asked to recall those to due norovirus fears.

An FSA spokesman said: “If you have bought any oysters from Camel Estuary, Cornwall, do not eat them.

“Instead, return them to the food business from where they were bought for a full refund.

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“If you are unsure if the oysters purchased were from Camel Estuary, Cornwall, please contact the food business where they were purchased or contact Porthilly Shellfish on 01208 862624 for advice.”

A spokesman for the Co-op apologised for the error in its packaging.

He said: “We are sorry that due to a packaging error the items have not been labelled correctly as they contain prawns which have not been declared on the packs.

“The product carries a potential health risk to anyone with an allergy and we have issued in store notices to encourage shoppers to return the items to their nearest store.”

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