Friday, May 2, 2008

UK Food Safety Alerts

The UK Food Standards Agency has issued four separate food hazard alerts today – none of them microbiological.

Chocolate and Toffee Crisp Bites
Sainsbury's Supermarkets Limited has recalled one production batch of its own brand of Chocolate and Toffee Crisp Bites due to the possibility that the product might be contaminated with glass fragments. The affected batch is sold in a 250-gram package size and is labeled with a Best Before date of 22 June 08.

Cheese Spread with Ham
Kavli Ltd has recalled one batch each of its Primula Cheese Spread with Ham and Primula Cheese Spread Mixed Case, both packaged in 150-gram tubes due to the possible presence of plastic particles within the ham. The Cheese Spread with Ham carries a Best Before date of 19 November 2008, and the Mixed Case product is labeled with a Best Before date of 4 November 2008.

Flapjack Mini-Bites
Asda has recalled one batch of its Flapjack Mini-Bites because of the possibility of contamination with glass fragments. The packages of 20 are labeled with bar code #27656990 and a Best Before date of 26 May 2008.

Frozen Mussels
The Food Standards Agency is warning consumers not to eat specific batches of frozen mussels produced by Bantry Bay Seafoods. The mussels may contain Azaspiracid Shellfish Poisoning (AZP) toxins, which are naturally occurring marine toxins. Ingesting shellfish that contain AZP may produce severe gastrointestinal symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, and stomach cramps. Consumers who have purchased Bantry Bay or Iceland brands of frozen mussels should refer to the FSA notice for details of batch numbers.

Consumers who have purchased any of these recalled products should return them to the store for a full refund.

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