Co-op issues 'emergency' alert and tells shoppers to 'bin' item immediately

The Co-op has urged shoppers and customers to dispose of a meat product sold in stores that could cause wheezing and a tight chest. The Co-op has urged customers to check for affected batches of one of its British pork picnic platters.

The Food Standards Agency warned: "Coop is recalling Coop 20* Piece Picnic Platter because it contains sulphites which are not mentioned on the label. This means the product is a possible health risk for anyone with a sensitivity to sulphur dioxide and/or sulphites."

A Co-op statement said: "Reason for recall: Allergen mislabel. The product contains sulphites which is not stated on the pack. For a refund or replacement (subject to availability) please visit your local store. If purchased online, you can receive a refund by calling 0330 041 7737.

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"You can contact our Customer Careline on 0800 0686 727. We apologise for any inconvenience caused." The convenience store - which is rivalled by the likes of M&S, Tesco, Asda, Morrisons, Lidl, Aldi, Sainsbury's and more - added customers who find they have the affected batches should "dispose of the product".

The FSA added: "Coop is recalling the above product from customers and has contacted the relevant allergy support organisations, which will tell their members about the recall. The company has also issued a point-of-sale notice to its customers."

It went on: "If you have bought the above product and have a sensitivity to sulphur dioxide and/or sulphites do not eat it. Instead return it to the store from where it was bought for a full refund or call Coop Customer Careline on 0800 0686 727."

The Co-op operates multiple stores across Birmingham with city centre convenience stores across the city. Further outlets are available across the West Midlands, too, as well as in many Birmingham suburbs and areas.