Southern fried chicken sold in Aldi recalled due to presence of salmonella

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has issued a recall notice for southern fried chicken due to the presence of salmonella.

In a notice, the FSAI said that the implicated batch, 210g packs of Roosters Southern Fried Poppin’ Chicken, was sold in Aldi stores in Ireland.

The implicated batch has a code of L:15320 and a best-before date of May 25, 2022.

Retailers are requested to remove the implicated batch from sale and to display a point-of-sale recall notice in stores where the affected batch was sold. Consumers should not eat the implicated batch.

It is also noted that the country of origin of the implicated batch is Poland.

According to the FSAI, people infected with salmonella typically develop symptoms between 12 and 36 hours after infection, but this can range between six and 72 hours.

The most common symptom is diarrhoea. Other symptoms may include fever, headache and abdominal cramps. The illness usually lasts four to seven days. Diarrhoea can occasionally be severe enough to require hospital admission.

The elderly, infants, and those with impaired immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness.

‘No limits’ on proportion of animal-derived ingredients allowed in vegan foods

Yesterday (Monday, September 28), the FSAI warned consumers who are allergic or intolerant to animal-derived food of the possible dangers of consuming ‘vegan’ products.

The FSAI has said that the danger lies in people allergic to products egg, milk, fish, molluscs or crustaceans consuming vegan products in the “belief that such foods are completely free from animal-based allergens”.

In a statement issued, the FSAI said:

“Consumers sometimes assume that a food declared as vegan contains absolutely no ingredients of animal origin, in line with the ethos of veganism.

“This is not always the case, as low-level accidental cross-contamination from animal-based allergens can occur during the production process.

The term ‘vegan’ is not defined in EU or Irish food law and, therefore, there are no limits set out in food law about the proportion of animal-derived ingredients permitted in such food.

The FSAI is also urging food businesses who make vegan-labelled food to “double their efforts to ensure that their production and packaging processes are sufficient to minimise the risk of cross-contamination with animal-derived ingredients”.