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DeeDum Tue 01-Oct-19 22:41:27

I've just prepared my sons sandwiches for tomorrow now worried if it's ok?
I purchased a packet of thinly sliced cooked chicken from M&S this afternoon, some of the slices look slightly pink, and there is a few little red specks
I've picked the clearest of the meat & made the sandwiches but I'm worried.
Don't want to make him ill, yet part of me feels I should be able to trust M&S
Any advice please x

suziewoozie Tue 01-Oct-19 22:58:07

If in doubt, just don’t.

gmelon Tue 01-Oct-19 23:20:22

If you are worried go and make him something else otherwise you may not sleep.

EllanVannin Wed 02-Oct-19 06:59:45

It would have been in the bin by now knowing me. I'd starve first.

Daisymae Wed 02-Oct-19 09:03:25

I would put them in the fridge, they're fine. Wondering how old your son is?

Oopsminty Wed 02-Oct-19 09:06:43

I agree, how old is your son?

If he's 3 I might bin them. 33? He will be fine.

I've seen little red traces on chicken slices from Marks/Waitrose (other supermarkets are available) and it's always fine. Like you I pick the clearest of the meat and the give the pink bits to the dog.

Who is still alive and kicking!

Daisymae Wed 02-Oct-19 09:40:53

I'm thinking that if he's 33 he ought to be making his own lunch!

Missfoodlove Wed 02-Oct-19 10:13:08

Don’t do it.
Chicken should not be used in sandwiches unless they can be refrigerated.
If it’s pink do not risk it.
These meats may have a quality label but they are processed in huge factories and travel miles before ending up on the supermarkets shelves.
I was hospitalised with campylobacter last year, I was seriously ill. I wouldn’t wish that on anyone.

Gonegirl Wed 02-Oct-19 10:24:10

Chicken stays pink sometimes depending on how it's baked. Doesn't mean it's not cooked. If it was in date and smelled ok, it's fine. The red specks are nothing to worry about. Chickens have blood.

Elegran Wed 02-Oct-19 10:24:19

Your first thought at seeing red on chicken is that it is overcooked, but if you carve well-cooked chicken off the bone you will notice that where it touches the bone itself the meat is often reddish-brown. Is that what you saw?

If you still don't like the look of it, take it back to M&S and ask THEM if it is OK. If it is undercooked, they can pass it on to the suppliers and make sure it doesn't happen again. Just binning it without informing them isn't completely putting the problem right.

Anja Wed 02-Oct-19 10:42:59

If it doubt, don’t.

Nannan2 Wed 02-Oct-19 11:55:18

Only just seen this did the said sarnies work out?(M&S usually ok though.

jaylucy Wed 02-Oct-19 11:56:17

If there are pink bits on cooked sliced chicken it is usually because the chickens were broilers - used for egg production. My father did explain why they were like that, but can't remember - it's the same when you get reddish brown meat from a roast chicken.
I'd say it would be fine - doesn't look too nice, I know.
Contact M&S with your concerns if you are still not happy.

Oopsminty Wed 02-Oct-19 11:57:41

I'm thinking that if he's 33 he ought to be making his own lunch!

Good point, Daisymae!

Fennel Wed 02-Oct-19 12:05:49

jaylucy I've heard that too.
I was also once told that the meat of very young chickens stays pink after thorough cooking.
DeeDum I'm normally very relaxed about food hygiene, but having kept poultry ourselves for 16 years I'm very suspicious about mass poultry rearing and would never buy 'cooked' chicken.

4allweknow Wed 02-Oct-19 12:53:56

The great Sir Hugh Pennington when asked if on being presented with pink chicken meat would he eat it he said yes. Think a few pink spots would be fine.

Gonegirl Wed 02-Oct-19 14:19:17

Who actually said the son is 33? grin The OP certainly didn't. It's obviously a school kid.

Gonegirl Wed 02-Oct-19 14:19:48

Chinese whispers?

DeeDum Wed 02-Oct-19 14:25:15

Ha ha His 24, quite capable but works very long hours and helps us a lot

Anyway I made him egg sandwiches and now taking this chicken back to M&S ...
Must admit I'm surprised at Marks

angie95 Wed 02-Oct-19 16:24:57

I think it will be fine xx

Saggi Wed 02-Oct-19 16:51:37

Bin the sandwiches DeeDum...I ate a meal of undercooked chicken on holiday a few years ago ...I was so ill with salmonella poisoning I ended up in hospital. Wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy!

Hetty58 Wed 02-Oct-19 17:49:18

I think it's good that you're taking it back to M&S. It may well be fine to eat but why risk it. Their quality control needs the feedback!

TrendyNannie6 Wed 02-Oct-19 18:40:52

Well I’m one of the most cautious so I would bin it

Eloethan Wed 02-Oct-19 19:32:59

If the sandwiches are in date and have been refrigerated, I don't see the problem.

Deedum has set the record straight re making her son's sandwiches. There's nothing wrong with a bit of give and take in a family and, without knowing the people involved or the family dynamic, why do posters so quickly jump to conclusions?

Catterygirl Wed 02-Oct-19 19:36:16

I would eat it. My 30 year old son would too. His GF from Poland said her mum (same age as me) was petrified of salmonella. Can't say I blame her.

We made roast turkey for Christmas, undercooked to keep it moist but got nowhere near the bone. Recooked well done in a curry. Son's GF sad it was the first time she enjoyed Turkey. Of course she may have been polite but she has just asked to come for dinner next week.

I googled Sir Hugh. What an interesting person. He's still alive at 81 with all his experience of eating dodgy food. That's good enough for me. When I was pregnant, I was careful as it wasn't about me.