Sainsbury's hands back 'emergency' refunds and begs shoppers 'please'

Sainsbury's has issued emergency refunds to shoppers after being caught up in the Greencore product recall. Greencore, which makes ready-to-eat food sold by retailers including Asda and Sainsbury's, has recalled 45 products as a result of the outbreak.

On its website, Sainsbury's said: "Sainsbury’s has taken the precautionary measure of recalling the above products as they may contain E.coli. We are asking customers that have purchased the above products not to consume them and to return them to their nearest Sainsbury’s store, where they will receive a full refund.

"For any concerns or queries or if you are unable to reach a store, then please visit our website Sainsburys.co.uk/help. No other products have been affected by this issue. Sainsbury’s would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused."

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No bacteria has been found in the products directly but the company is recalling the products as a precaution “because of possible contamination with E coli”. The recall impacts Sainsbury’s Kitchen Deli Peri Peri Chicken Wrap and Sainsbury’s Kitchen Deli BBQ Pulled Pork & Red Leicester Wrap and Sainsbury’s Kitchen Deli Chicken, Bacon and Avocado Focaccia.

Other items affected include Sainsbury’s Kitchen Deli Greek Style Wrap and Sainsbury’s Kitchen Deli Jerk Halloumi Wrap. SKU numbers and the code of the items which have been impacted include 8158824, 8158842, 8158846, 8171073 and 8187269 with Use By Dates of 13 June, as well as 14 June and 15 June and lastly 16 June.

As of last week, 113 cases - with some being admitted to hospital - had been detected since May 25 after an outbreak of E.coli thought to be linked to a nationally-distributed food, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said. Those who became ill were between the ages of two and 79, with the majority of cases being found in young adults.