Urgent product recall: Waitrose warns of RAW SEAFOOD in popular product

An image of a Little Waitrose in West London

An image of a Little Waitrose in West London

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Jack Walters

By Jack Walters


Published: 13/06/2023

- 08:55

The supermarket giant recalled the popular product as the Foods Standards Agency warned it was ‘unsafe to eat’

Waitrose has urgently recalled a popular product after it was revealed it contains “raw” and “uncooked” prawns.

A batch of the supermarket’s ready to eat extra large king prawns were labelled “unsafe to eat”.


The product identified by the Foods Standards Agency has a pack size of 220grams and a use by date of June 14.

Customers who picked up the product have been given three steps following the recall order.

Waitrose online distribution centre in Acton, London

Waitrose online distribution centre in Acton, London

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They have been told not to consume the prawns, package up the item and then return the product to their local Waitrose & Partners branch to receive a refund.

The Foods Standards Agency said: “If you have bought the above product do not eat it.

“Instead, return it to the store from where it was bought for a full refund.

“Any customers with queries or concerns can contact Waitrose Customer Services on 0800188884, option 4.”

An image of Waitrose's extra large king prawns ready to eat

An image of Waitrose's extra large king prawns ready to eat

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Waitrose explained: “We are recalling a selected date of the product due to an error with labelling, meaning some raw prawns have been labelled as cooked.”

The supermarket also warned: “Do not consume, package up item and return the product to your local Waitrose & Partners brand for a refund.”

June 28 has been earmarked as the end date for the recall order.

The product is described as being responsibly sourced.

It is produced in the UK but through prawn farmed in Ecuador, Honduras, Indonesia, Nicaragua or Vietnam.

A shopper walking through the fresh meat aisle in a branch of Waitrose in south London

A shopper walking through the fresh meat aisle in a branch of Waitrose in south London

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Waitrose, which is Britain’s eighth-largest supermarket, has 329 stores across the United Kingdom.

Separate warnings have been issued in recent weeks concerning Lentil bites and chips.

Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Aldi, Lidl and Waitrose were all forced to withdraw the items following an alert earlier this month.

Britons with coeliac disease were named as particularly vulnerable to the recalled products.

The Foods Standards Agency said at the time: “If you have bought any of the above products and have coeliac disease, and/or an allergy or intolerance to gluten, do not eat them.

“Instead, please return them to the store from where they were bought for a full refund.”

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