SAINSBURY’S last night recalled all of its own-brand bagged watercress following an E.coli outbreak that has made 18 people ill.
One of the customers affected is from Scotland, 13 are from England and four cases have been reported in Wales.
Public Health England said some of those affected had been treated in hospital after becoming unwell and that the outbreak appeared to be linked to the consumption of watercress.
The Food Standards Agency put out the Sainsbury’s recall notice, which also affects the supermarket’s salads that contain watercress, as a “precautionary measure” after the outbreak of E.coli O157.
Those who have bought the watercress since 1 August have been advised not to eat it.
A statement on the FSA website said no other Sainsbury’s products are thought to be affected.
A Sainsbury’s spokeswoman said “Customer safety and the quality of our food are our overriding concern and so, although no traces of contamination have been found in our products, we have as a precautionary measure withdrawn six lines of pre-packed salad containing watercress from the supplier concerned.”