Choking hazard fears triggers food recall

By James Ridler contact

- Last updated on GMT

Choking hazards and undeclared allergens sparked recalls this week
Choking hazards and undeclared allergens sparked recalls this week
AKM Foods has recalled some Zaiqa International Mini Fruit Jelly products, after certain batches of the confectionery proved to be a choking hazard.

The jellies, which came in 300g and 1,500g assorted packs, had directions for consumers to squeeze the product to remove its contents from the packaging.

These directions make it possible to force the contents to be projected as one piece, running the risk of choking the consumer.

Bag and jars of the products with a production date of 10 October 2017 and a best-before date of 9 October 2019 were included on the recall. The packs contained Lychee, Strawberry and Mango flavoured jellies.

Advised not to eat them

Consumers who have bought the products were advised not to eat them and instead return them to the store from which they were bought to receive a full refund.

This week also saw food products recalled because they contained undeclared allergens.

Halo Top UK was forced to recall its Mint Chip Ice Cream and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream, as they contained chocolate chips with soya that were not mentioned on the label.

Both products were available in 473ml packs, with varying best-before dates ranging from 14 January 2019 to 7 May 2019 (see the box below for full details).

Possible health risk

The presence of soya in the products meant they were a possible health risk to consumers with an allergy or intolerance to the ingredient.

The company advised consumers who had bought the products to return them to the store they were purchased from to receive a full refund.

Undeclared allergens also forced the recall of Sara International’s Sara Tahina, because it contained sesame that was not declared on the packaging.

Tahina with a best-before date of 5 May 2019 was included on the recall, as the presence of sesame made the product a possible health risk to consumers with an allergy or intolerance to the ingredient.

Meanwhile, Salmonella, production errors and undeclared allergens in food have sparked recalls over the past week,​ reported the Food Standards Agency.

Related topics: Regulation, Confectionery, Food Labelling

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