Pork scratchings recalled after salmonella link
Several pork scratching products have been recalled after being linked to salmonella poisoning which has caused illness in almost 200 people, Sky News reports.
Posted on 26 August 2021
Production has been halted on a selection of Mr Porky, Jay's and The Real Pork Crackling Company products, made by the Tayto group. They have also been recalled and withdrawn from sale.
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has reported that 176 people have suffered symptoms of salmonella poisoning, including vomiting, diarrhoea and fevers.
The specific products which have been recalled include: Mr Porky Original Scratchings (40 & 65g, 6x16.5g, and 5x16.5g); Mr Porky Crispy Strips (35g); Mr Porky Crackles (70g); Mr Porky Prime Cut Scratchings (35g); Jay’s Pork Scratchings (60g); The Real Pork Crackling Company Pork Crunch (35g and 70g). All products have a best before dates up to and including 19 February 2022.
Tina Potter, head of incidents at the FSA told Sky News: "We are advising consumers not to eat any of the products listed in the FSA alert. It is really important that consumers follow this advice to avoid the risk of becoming ill with salmonella poisoning.
"The food business involved has voluntarily suspended its production to put additional controls in place to improve the safety of their products and they have decided on a voluntary basis to withdraw and recall all of the products within shelf-life produced at this site."
Michelle Victor, product safety partner at Leigh Day, said:
“We have seen from our work on food poisoning cases that salmonella poisoning can have very serious consequences, so we are glad to see that these products have been withdrawn from sale. I would hope that Tayto group will now conduct a thorough investigation to find out how the contamination occurred and put measures in place to prevent it happening again.”