Recalls sparked by wood and glue contamination

SPAR's midget gems were recalled due to possible contamination from pieces of wood

Convenience store Spar’s Midget Gems are the latest food product to be recalled in the UK, after it was discovered they may contain small pieces of wood.

The contaminated batch of SPAR Midget Gems was identified as 180g packs of the product, with a best before date of March 31 2017 and batch code of B6 209-1.

The precautionary recall was announced on the Food Standards Agency's (FSA) website on September 20.

Spar advised consumers not to eat the product and contact the store if they had purchased the sweets for a full refund.

The Midget Gem recall followed recalls for muesli with undeclared allergens and chickpeas, which could possibly contain pieces of glue, according to the FSA.

A number of Dorset Cereal’s muesli products were recalled in the past month, because allergen information was not listed correctly on their ingredients lists.

Health risk

The products posed a possible health risk to consumers allergic to nuts, wheat, barley, oats and those who suffer intolerance to gluten and sensitivity to sulphites.

Muesli products affected by the recall included: Berries & Cherries, Fruit, Nuts & Seeds, Cranberry, Cherry and Almond, Simply Nutty, Simply Delicious, Simply Fruity and Really Nutty.

The recall applied to products sold at the company’s retail partner Fulton Foods.

Tomato and Oregano gluten-free crackers were recalled, after it was discovered the crackers contained gluten.

Although the product was labelled as gluten-free, gluten had been found above the permitted levels for the gluten-free declaration.

Above permitted levels

The recall applied to 220g packs of the crackers with a best-before date of April 9 2017.

Gem Pack Foods has recalled one batch of Dunnes Stores Wholefoods chickpeas as a precautionary measure, due to the possible presence of hard pieces of glue.

Chickpeas with a best before date of August 8 2017 were affected, with a pack size of 500g. The products were distributed to Dunnes Stores in Northern Ireland only.

Meanwhile, Food Standards Scotland has banned the sale and ordered a recall of all Errington Cheese Ltd’s products following a fatal outbreak of E.coli.

The ban followed an outbreak of E.coli in July that led to the death of a child earlier this month.

For the very latest independent information on food and drink safety, book your place at Food Manufacture’s one-day safety conference in London on October 13.

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