Marks & Spencer (M&S) condemned the sale of its own-label food by unauthorised third-party sellers, after two of its pork stuffing products were subject to a recall.
The retailer’s pork, sage and onion stuffing, with a use-by date of December 29 2014, and pork and roasted red onion stuffing, with a use-by date of December 26 2014, were among a number of products recalled from butchery chain Nicholls Meats on December 22 2016.
The Food Standards Agency said products were recalled due to extended use-by dates, inadequate temperature controls, labelling and traceability contraventions. The products posed a risk of food poisoning.
The products affected by the recall were sold to Nicholls Meats by a supplier for M&S and Asda. The sale of the goods breached Asda and M&S’s policies on surplus stock.
An M&S spokesman said: “We completely condemn the sale of unsafe food using the M&S brand and we are fully supporting the FSA in their investigation.
“This was surplus stock produced by a supplier that was never on sale in our stores and we want to reassure our customers that this notice did not affect any M&S products they’ve purchased from us.”