UK –  The Food Standards Agency has announced that Snaffling Pig, a British snack food manufacturer, is recalling a small batch of  its Perfectly Salted Pork Scratchings, as they could be contaminated with salmonella.

The product, which is sold at most major supermarkets and online retailer Amazon, has prompted the retailers to also recall it.

The company said in a notice that the safety and quality of their products, as well as the wellbeing of their customers were of utmost importance to them adding that all their products go through rigorous quality and food safety inspections.

Only the 45g packets with a best before date of June 11 2022 have been recalled as no other items are affected by the contamination.

“All Snaffling Pig products undergo rigorous quality and food safety inspections as part of our manufacturing process. We can confirm that no other Snaffling Products are impacted by this recall and would like to apologize to our customers for any inconvenience that this has caused,” said Snaffling Pig.

Tesco, a British multinational groceries and general merchandise retailer, and Morrisons, the fourth largest supermarket in the UK have confirmed they are recalling the contaminated pork scratchings.

Consumers have been urged to return the affected product to the retail stores for a refund.

However, this is not the only product that has been recalled due to the presence of salmonella in recent weeks. Supermarkets had to recall 18 pastry items last month after they were contaminated with the bacteria.

Tesco and Sainsbury, the second largest chain of supermarkets in the UK, were among the retail stores that recalled the raw pastry products. It also recently recalled Jus-Rol Shortcrust Pastry Blocks 1KG (frozen) over salmonella fears.

A statement, published on Tesco website, read: “Jus-Rol is recalling certain date codes of two of their chilled and frozen pastry blocks, as they may contain salmonella.”

Other supermarket chains that joined in the recall include Asda and Aldi stores.

Last week, Holland and Barrett, a chain of health food shops, recalled their own brand sesame seeds due to salmonella fears.

In the previous year, a salmonella infested batch of pork scratchings manufactured by Tayto Group Limited, the largest British-owned crisp and snack manufacturer, resulted in the hospitalization of at least a dozen people.

Salmonella can cause serious food poisoning, with symptoms including vomiting, diarrhoea, stomach cramps and a fever. Symptoms usually start 6 hours to 6 days after infection with a recovery period of 4 to 7 days without antibiotic treatment for mild cases.

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