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Supermarket sandwiches linked to E. coli outbreak

14th June 2024 - BBC News

Food manufacturers are recalling at least 60 types of pre-packed sandwiches, wraps and salads sold in major supermarkets because of possible contamination with E. coli.

E. coli bacteria have not been detected in the products, but they are being recalled as a precaution. It is understood these are items containing salad leaves.

Retailers involved include Aldi, Asda, Co-op and Morrisons. Some 211 people across the UK are known to be affected by E. coli currently - up from 113 last week.

At least 67 people have been admitted to hospital, the UK Health Security Agency says.

Experts had previously said a continuing outbreak of E. coli was linked to food that was widely and readily available - but had not pinned down specific items.

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