Yorkshire meat producer Cranswick Foods confirms salmonella outbreak at Hull factory

A salmonella outbreak has been confirmed at a Cranswick Foods processing plant in Hull.

Cranswick confirmed that a 'limited' number of cooked chicken products at the poultry site, believed to be Benson Park, were infected with the bacterium and discovered during a routine inspection.

They were from lines sold to retailers across the UK to be used as sandwich ingredients. Pret a Manger, Aldi and Sainsbury's are among the buyers who have removed the at-risk products from their shelves.

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Cranswick have closed the site and opened an investigation into the source of the contamination and are working with the Food Standards Agency. Cooked chicken production has been outsourced to the company's other plants until further notice.

Salmonella bacteria

So far no cases of the illness caused by salmonella infection have been linked to the factory.

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The Cranswick brand was founded in 1974 by a group of East Riding farmers producing pig feed. The Benson Park site was acquired in 2014.