Metal contamination and packaging errors spark recalls

By Gwen Ridler

- Last updated on GMT

A mechanical breakdown resulted in small pieces of metal making their way into some packs of Revels
A mechanical breakdown resulted in small pieces of metal making their way into some packs of Revels

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Small pieces of metal, undeclared allergens and incorrect date labelling have all sparked recalls by food and drink manufacturers in the past week.

Mars Wrigley was forced to pull packs of Revels from sale after a mechanical breakdown meant some pouches may have contained small pieces of metal.

The recall applied to 101g packs of the confectionery with the best before date of 31 January 2021 and the batch codes 006C2SLO00 and 006D1SLO00.

In a statement issued by the manufacturer, Mars Wrigley said: “This precautionary recall has been initiated with the best interests of our consumers at heart. We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused.”


Customers who have bought the affected products were advised to keep them and contact Mars Wrigley’s consumer care team to arrange return and a reimbursement.

Incorrect use-by dates led to the recall of five kebab products manufactured by Jeff the Chef Foods.

The products in question had been labelled with a use-by date of 1 April 2020 or 2 April 2020, instead of 1 March 2020 or 2 March 2020. The incorrect labels meant the products could be unsafe to eat if consumed after the intended date.

The recall applied to 290g packs of Doner Kebab chilli and garlic, 350g packs of Chicken Parmo - Minis, 490g packs of Chicken Parmo - Hot Shot, and 450g packs of Chicken Parmo.

Point of sale notices

Point of sale notices have been displayed in stores in which the products were sold, with consumers advised to return them to the store they were purchased from to receive a full refund.

Meanwhile, undeclared egg was the cause of a recall of chicken bites sold in Marks & Spencer stores this weekend.

The retailer pulled 192g packs of its M&S Chicken Bites with the use-by date of 5 March 2020 from sale due the presence of the allergen, which was not declared on the packaging of the product. The product posed a possible health risk to consumers with an allergy or intolerance to egg.

Marks & Spencer apologised for any inconvenience caused to consumers and advised those affected by the recall to return the product to their nearest store for a full refund.  

A free webinar, sponsored by Columbus, is to be hosted by Food Manufacture on 17 March,​ offering our readers expert opinions and advice on how to manage and mitigate recalls.

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