Shares in sandwich maker Greencore dropped yesterday after it voluntarily initiated a recall on some products in the US.
The Irish company, which is listed in London, recalled batches of sandwiches issued towards the end of last month over fears that they could contain listeria, it emerged late on Friday.
The US Food and Drug Association (FDA) conducted environmental sampling which found traces of the bacteria, which can cause infections in children and elderly people as well as miscarriages in pregnant women.
But the food and drug regulator said no traces of listeria had been found in finished products and Greencore said it had not received any reports of confirmed illnesses as a result of the sandwiches.
Greencore said its actions were purely precautionary. It recalled egg salad sandwiches, ham salad sandwiches, and seafood stuffing issued last month to certain US retailers.
Although the FDA said that no other Greencore products were affected by the possible contamination, the reputation of the company took a battering.and its shares closed down 7.24 per cent in London.
The group’s US arm, expanded by the acquisition of Peacock at the end of last year, accounts for about a third of group revenue.