John West Sardines Product Recall

On 21 July 2022, John West started a recall of cans of John West Sardines in Olive Oil 120g and Boneless Sardines in Sunflower Oil 95g sold through Morrisons, Waitrose, Tesco, Ocado, Amazon, EH Booth, James Hall, Century Park, Co-operative and James Wilson stores. Cans of this product purchased through other retailers are not affected.


Our routine testing has picked up a potential contamination of an extremely small number of cans of our Sardines in Olive Oil 120g and Boneless Sardines in Sunflower Oil 95g.

We are undertaking extensive scientific testing to identify the cause of the potential contamination. We would like to stress that this recall is purely a precautionary measure.

The safety of our products and the wellbeing of consumers is our highest priority. Therefore, whilst the potential risk to consumers is extremely low, we are recalling all cans from those batches as a precaution. None of John West’s other products are affected by this recall.

The affected cans have a batch code of 109, 110, 111, 112 and 113 (found on the side of the can) in conjunction with a ‘best before’ date of December 2026. Cans carrying different batch codes or ‘best before’ dates are not affected by this issue.

In line with guidance from the Food Standards Agency, we have supplied the relevant retailers with posters for all of their stores to alert shoppers to the relevant products. Anyone who has purchased a Sardines product with one of the affected batch codes should return the product to the store where they bought it from for a full refund. Customer Service is available at to answer any questions. Further contact details are also available below.

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

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