Food recalls sparked by salmonella, milk and beef

By Michael Stones contact

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Sainsbury recalled its British Lamb Shish Kebabs, after some were found to contain beef
Sainsbury recalled its British Lamb Shish Kebabs, after some were found to contain beef

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Food safety recalls have been sparked this week by salmonella contaminating paprika, beef in Sainsbury’s lamb kebab packets and undeclared milk in confectionery and United Biscuits’ waffles.

Brindisa Spanish Foods recalled its La Chinata Smoked Paprika Mild, after detecting the presence of salmonella.

The product recalled was La Chinata Smoked Paprika Mild, sold in 70g and 750g tins, with the batch code 320. No other batches were affected by the recall, issued yesterday (July 2).

Sainsbury recalled its British Lamb Shish Kebabs because a packaging mistake meant some packs contained beef kebabs instead of lamb. Consequently, soya and wheat were not mentioned on the packaging.

That made the product a possible health risk for those with an allergy or intolerance to wheat and/or an allergy to soya, said the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Sainsbury’s British Lamb Shish Kebabs

The recall affected Sainsbury’s British Lamb Shish Kebabs, with a pack size of 360g and a 'Use by' date of July 4.

United Biscuits decided to voluntarily withdraw its McVitie's Toasting Waffles, after a change to the recipe which was not stated on the label.

The new recipe contained lupin and milk, which may cause a reaction and pose a health risk for consumers with an allergy or intolerance to either or both of ingredients.

While milk and lupin were correctly highlighted as allergens on the ingredients list at the back of the product, the new recipe was not mentioned on the front of the packaging. 

Recent recalls

  • Brindisa Spanish Foods recalled its La Chinata Smoked Paprika Mild
  • Sainsbury recalled its British Lamb Shish Kebabs  
  • United Biscuits withdraw its McVitie's Toasting Waffles
  • Nisha’s Toffee Bonbons were recalled 

Alert allergic consumers

The FSA advised food manufacturers who change their ingredients to indicate this on the front of the packaging. For example, labels should state that the item has a ‘new recipe’ to alert allergic consumers of the changes.

Consumers with allergies and intolerances were reminded to always check food labels to ensure they avoid foods that could make them ill.

Finally Nisha’s Toffee Bonbons were recalled due to undeclared milk. The business recalled a batch of its Nisha's Toffee Bonbons, with a pack size of 140g and 'best before' end dates of July, September and November 2015.

The presence of milk, which is not mentioned on the label, made the product a possible health risk to anyone with an allergy or intolerance to milk and its constituents.

Meanwhile, the FSA rescinded a recall of a batch of ground cumin sold by the Bart Ingredients Company. The affected product had tested positive for the presence of almond protein, which was not declared on the label.

Testing by the Laboratory of the Government Chemist revealed a spice called mahaleb was present and not almond protein. While mahaleb and almond are from the same ‘Prunus’ family of trees and shrubs, it is not one of the 14 allergens identified in food allergen legislation.

“There is no evidence that the contamination was a result of fraudulent activity,”​ said the agency.

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