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Southall-based bakery supplier Bread Spread Ltd is recalling at least 23 different products due to serious food safety risks.

According to an alert from the Food Standards Agency (FSA), a variety of chilled and ready-to-eat baguettes, French sticks, sandwiches, rolls, and wraps sold under the brand names Bread Spread, Orbital Foods, and Perfect Bite had been found to contain Listeria monocytogenes.

When consumed, the bacteria can cause flu-like symptoms such as high temperature, muscle ache or pain, chills, feeling or being sick, and diarrhoea and, in rare cases, lead to severe complications such as meningitis.

Some people are more vulnerable to listeria infections, warned the FSA, including those over 65 years of age, pregnant women and their unborn babies, babies less than one month old, and people with weakened immune systems.

In addition, the Bread Spread products were subject to a number of hygiene and traceability contraventions, which the FSA said also made them unsafe to eat. ‘As these products have not been prepared in accordance with food hygiene, safety and other legislative requirements, they do not comply with the requirements of assimilated EU Regulations,’ stated the FSA.

Food businesses such as catering establishments and corner shops across the UK have been advised to remove and safely dispose of any products from Bread Spread with a use-by date up to and including 18 May 2024.

The list of affected product (which include packs of all sizes) is as follows:

  • Tuna sweetcorn French stick
  • Ham cheese French stick
  • Chicken tikka French stick
  • Chicken sweetcorn French stick
  • Egg sausage sandwich
  • Chicken tikka sandwich
  • Chicken salad sandwich
  • Chicken sweetcorn sandwich
  • Ham cheese sandwich
  • Cheese ploughman sandwich
  • Chicken mayo soft roll
  • Tuna sweetcorn soft roll
  • Egg mayo soft roll
  • Cheese onion soft roll
  • Chicken tikka soft roll
  • Tuna sweetcorn torpedo
  • Chicken mayo torpedo
  • Ham cheese torpedo
  • Egg mayo torpedo
  • Chicken bacon twist
  • Tuna sweetcorn twist
  • Chicken sweetcorn baguette
  • Egg mayo sausage baguette

The situation was still developing as of today (14 May), noted the FSA, meaning the above list should not be considered as complete. As such, it advised consumers not to eat any of Bread Spread’s chilled or ready-to-eat products.

Bread Spread’s website states the company has been ’producing fresh quality food across the UK for years using only local produce’, and supplies universities and colleges as well as over 1,000 independent retail stores.

Bread Spread has been approached for comment.

Other bakery recalls this year include Signature Flatbreads’ wraps for Aldi, which were suspected to have been intentionally contaminated with metal, and some of Daylesford Organic’s crispbreads and biscuits due to the presence of moth larvae.