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Glass and metal contamination spark food recalls

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By James Ridler+

Last updated on 22-May-2017 at 12:49 GMT2017-05-22T12:49:03Z

Glass and metal contamination sparked recalls in the past month
Glass and metal contamination sparked recalls in the past month

Glass contamination has sparked the recall of packs of chicken tikka chunks, while a batch of mints was recalled for containing small pieces of metal.

Retailer Spar has been forced to recall batches of its own-label chicken tikka chunks, after small pieces of glass were discovered in them. The recall applied to 140g packs of the products, with a use-by date of May 19 2017.

The retailer advised consumers who had bought products not to eat them and instead return them to the store they were purchased from for a full refund.

Metal contamination was the cause of a recall of sweets produced by manufacturer William Santus & Company.  

Uncle Joe’s Liquorice & Aniseed Extra Strong Mints 35g tins were recalled because the sweets might contain small pieces of metal, which could represent a safety risk.

Contain small pieces of metal

Tins with an expiry date of June 30 2018 and a batch code of TC16015 were included in the recall.

Consumers were advised to return the products to William Santus. The company will replace the product and reimburse any postage costs.

A spokesman for the company said: “We are aware of how the metal contaminated the sweet and additional measures have been put in place to minimise any further future risks.

“We apologise for the inconvenience this may cause and assure customers of our commitment to the highest standard of product quality and safety.”

This month also saw a packing error force snack manufacturer Corfresh to recall a batch of its Cornflake Mix snack.

The product was mistakenly packaged with the company’s Salted Rice Sticks that contained gluten, making them a health risk to consumers who have an intolerance or allergy to the ingredient.

A health risk to consumers

The recall applied to 325g packs of the snack, with the best before date of December 16 2017 and the batch code L13/080.

Corfresh apologised for the packaging error to its customers and consumers.

A packaging error also sparked the recall of Aldi’s 38ml packs of Madagascan Vanilla Extract, because it was incorrectly packed with Moroccan Almond Extract.

The extract, with a best before date of December 12 2017, posed a health risk to consumers who were allergic or intolerant to almonds.

Customers who had bought the product were advised to return them to their nearest Aldi store to receive a full refund.

Meanwhile, supermarket giant Tesco last month blamed a manufacturing error”  after recalling a batch of its Finest Crab & Chilli Linguine, which actually contained its Finest Spaghetti Carbonara.

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