Salmonella warning for popular brand of pork scratchings forces UK-wide product recall

Symptoms of salmonella poisoning include diarrhoea, stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting and fever

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Perfectly Salted Pork Scratchings by the food company Snaffling Pig has been recalled after the bacteria salmonella was detected in the snack.

Supermarkets and other retail stores which sell the popular savoury snack will now have to display point of sale notices, advising consumers on what to do if they have purchased the product.

The company issued a recall: “Snaffling Pig is recalling a small batch of our Perfectly Salted Pork Scratchings, due to presence of Salmonella.

“The safety and quality of our products, and wellbeing of our customers is of utmost importance to us. This is an appropriate measure on that basis.”

Snaffling Pig warned consumers who had already purchased the product to return them and “do not eat them”.

Salmonella can be spread from person to person, so anyone affected should adhere to good hygiene practices including washing your hands thoroughly after using the bathroom and avoiding handling food for others if you have symptoms.

They normally resolve themselves, but symptoms can be more severe and lead to hospital admission, especially in the very young and those with weakened immune systems.

Dr Lesley Larkin, surveillance lead at the gastrointestinal pathogens unit at Public Health England, said: “Salmonella can be spread from person to person, so anyone affected should adhere to good hygiene practices including washing your hands thoroughly after using the bathroom and avoiding handling food for others if you have symptoms.

“Anybody with concerns that they have symptoms of salmonellosis should contact their GP or call NHS 111.”