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John West can confirm that on 18 February 2020 we started a recall of cans of John West Sardines in Tomato Sauce 120g sold through Asda stores.

This recall affects John West Sardines in Tomato Sauce 120g SOLD THROUGH ASDA ONLY. Cans of this product purchased through other retailers are not affected.

Our routine testing has picked up a possible bacterial contamination of an extremely small number of cans in two batches of our Sardines in Tomato Sauce. The safety of our products and the wellbeing of consumers is our highest priority; therefore, while the potential risk to consumers is extremely low, we are recalling all cans from those two batches as a precaution. None of John West’s other products are affected in any way whatsoever.

The affected cans have a batch code of KX319H or KX326H (found on the side of the can) and a ‘best before’ date of June 2022. Cans carrying different batch codes are not affected by this issue.

We are in close contact with Asda to ensure all supplies with these batch numbers are removed from shelves and warehouses. In line with guidance from the Food Standards Agency, we have supplied Asda with posters for all its stores to alert shoppers. Any consumer who has purchased a can with one of the affected code numbers should return the product to the store where they bought it for a full refund.

We are undertaking extensive scientific testing to identify the cause of the possible contamination.

We would like to stress that this recall is purely a precautionary measure and none of John West’s other products are affected.

We apologise to all our consumers for any inconvenience or concern this causes.

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