Packaging error sparks recall of Birds Eye chicken pies

By Gwen Ridler

- Last updated on GMT

Birds Eye was forced to recall packs of its chicken pies
Birds Eye was forced to recall packs of its chicken pies

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Frozen food manufacturer Birds Eye has been forced to recall packs of chicken pies, after they were mistakenly packaged with steak pies.

The recall applied to packs of firm’s Shortcrust Chicken Pies with a best-before date of April 2019 and the pack codes L7301MRN52, L7301ARN52 and L7301NRN52.

A Birds Eye spokesman told that the packs had been mistakenly packed with steak pies on a single day last month.

“Birds Eye Steak Pies contain mustard which may pose a health risk to anyone with an allergy to mustard,”​ said the spokesman.

“We are reviewing our processes to ensure that this does not happen again and we would like to sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused to our consumers.”

‘Reviewing our processes’

Consumers with an allergy or intolerance to mustard that have bought the pies were advised not to eat them and instead return them to the store they were purchased from to receive a full refund.

Last week saw a number of food and drink products recalled because they contained allergens that were not declared on their packaging.

Dr Oetker recalled its Décor Kit – a cake decorating kit – because it contained milk and wheat, which were not clearly labelled.

The product posed a possible health risk to consumers with an allergy or intolerance to either of the above ingredients.

Consumers were advised to not eat the product and instead return it to the store it was bought from to receive a full refund. The recall applied to all 120g kits with the best before end date of November 2018.

Forced the recall

Undeclared allergens also forced the recall of two of Cuisine Solutions’ products last week.

The company’s Cake Club Carrot Cake was recalled because it contained milk, wheat, egg and walnuts that were not mentioned on the packaging.

Also recalled was its Cake Club Chocolate Fudge Cake for containing undeclared milk and soya. The recalls applied to products with best before dates up to and including November 30 2017.

Meanwhile, earlier this month, food manufacturers should do more to adhere to labelling regulations,​ according to IT systems developer Epicor Software, as Lidl and Aldi recall products due to labelling errors.

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