Friday 20 April 2018

Dublin-based food giant Greencore recalling sandwiches in US following FDA sampling

Patrick Coveney, CEO of Greencore
Patrick Coveney, CEO of Greencore
Ellie Donnelly

Ellie Donnelly

Greencore, the Dublin-based convenience food giant, is voluntarily recalling egg salad sandwiches, ham salad sandwiches, and seafood stuffing in the United States.

The products are being recalled because listeria monocytogenes was found in environmental sampling conducted by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

"No finished products have been found to have listeria present and no confirmed illnesses have been reported," the FDA said.

A spokesperson for Greencore told Independent.ie that no products have found to be contaminated, it is purely a precautionary measure.

In addition none of the products are available for sale in Ireland.

Greencore is recalling lots distributed between 24 and 27 September.

Sandwiches in the recall were distributed to American Food and Vending, Hannaford Brothers, Target, and Turkey Hill in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire and New York.

Greencore, which is the biggest sandwich maker in the UK, said that it has not received any reports of confirmed illnesses associated with the recalled sandwiches.

As of 29 September, all customers have been instructed to remove and destroy impacted product. Customers who have purchased this sandwich are urged to not consume the product and should dispose of the recalled sandwich," the FDA said.

Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

The infection can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

If healthy individuals are affected by the infection, they may suffer short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.

Greencore, which in August announced that it had agreed a timetable to phase out its contract with US coffee behemoth Starbucks, saw its shares fall by as much as 6pc on the news.

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