Co-op has been forced to recall packs of its sliced pepperoni after E. coli O157 was found in the product.

The retailer is now displaying point-of-sale notices in all stores that are selling the pepperoni, with the notices explaining to customers why the product is being recalled and telling them what to do if they have bought it.

The presence of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli which was found in the product can cause diarrhoea, abdominal pain, bloody diarrhoea, and haemolytic uremic syndrome, a serious condition that can lead to kidney failure and can be fatal.

The retailer is also recalling its frozen hash browns after small pieces of white plastic were found in certain selections.

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has also recently issued recall notices to other supermarkets, including Lidl and Waitrose.

Lidl is recalling Alesto Raw Fruit & Nut Bar Cacao & Orange Variant because it contains sulphur dioxide which is not mentioned on the label, whereas Waitrose is recalling N°1 Charentes Butter Croissants, packs of 2 units because they have been filled with an incorrect product which contains soya that is not declared on the label.

Customers who have purchased the pepperoni or the frozen hash browns have been urged not to eat them and instead contact 0800 0686 727 or to arrange a refund.