Marks & Spencer has issued an urgent recall on three different ready meals - after a small number of customers reported feeling ill after eating them. The dishes in question all contain mussels, and the retailer has received a number of calls from people who have fallen ill with suspected food poisoning.
So what should you do?
RecallThe Food Standards Agency said that the retailer has taken three mussel-based dishes off the shelves as a precautionary measure - after receiving "a small number of reports of illness in the UK". The dishes in question are Mussels in Garlic, Mussels in White Wine, and Mussels and Clams.
Marks & Spencer told The Grocer magazine: "A small number of our customers have reported feeling ill after consuming these products, so we are recalling them as a precautionary measure whilst we investigate the matter further."
According to The Independent, the FSA has made it clear that there is no conclusive link between the mussels and the cases of food poisoning, but the retailer is acting out of an abundance of caution.
It said in a statement: "The affected products have already been removed from our stores. However, if customers have already purchased these products, they should return them to their nearest store for a full refund as soon as possible." It apologised for the inconvenience.
One of manyIt is just one of a recent flurry of food recalls from a number of different retailers. In November alone we saw a shocking number of products recalled. Sainsbury's recalled its Kids 20 Pork Cocktail Sausages, because some packs were accidentally labelled with a 'use by' date of 25 December rather than 25 November. Meanwhile Matthew Walker recalled some of its Edna May brand Christmas puddings as a precautionary measure because of signs of mould growth. Tesco also recalled chocolate and nut ice cream cones because painkillers were found in two individual cones.
And while shocking stories like the horse meat scandal hit the headlines, what many people will find alarming is that the vast majority of recalls are listed on the FSA website, posted in supermarkets, and quietly overlooked.