Last updated on 21 January 2013

Cakes, sweets and a range of bakery products recalled

Food Alert For Action

The Food Standards Agency is issuing a Food Alert for Action because Cake Factory Outlet and Clearance Cake Excess have re-branded and re-labelled cakes, biscuits, sweets, puddings and tarts in premises with unsatisfactory hygiene conditions.

The products are reported to have deteriorated, be mouldy, past their 'best before' date and contaminated as a result of rat infestation at the premises.

It has not been possible to obtain full distribution details or the extent of distribution for the products involved. The products are thought to be sold via market stalls across the north west of England, including markets in Clitheroe, Blackburn, and Manchester (Smithfields Market). Further investigations are ongoing by the relevant local authority.

Product details

Type of products:

  • Cakes, biscuits, sweets, puddings and tarts

Brand names:

  • Cake Factory Outlet
  • Clearance Cake Excess

Packaging and pack size:

  • Clear cellophane packs
  • Size: approximately 1.5kg to 2kg

If you have bought one of the above products, do not eat it, but report it to your local authority.

Labels and pictures of some of the affected products can be found via the link below.

Actions to be taken by local authorities

Local authorities in the north west of England are being asked to visit market stalls in their area that may sell any of the supply of cakes, biscuits, sweets, puddings and tarts from Cake Factory Outlet and Clearance Cake Excess.

Other local authorities are being asked to check for the supply of any of the above products from Cake Factory Outlet and Clearance Cake Excess, during routine visits to market trader stalls in their area.

If implicated products are found during the course of their visits, enforcement officers should ensure that the products are withdrawn from sale and destroyed, if necessary using powers under the Food Safety Act 1990.

Local authorities should report any findings of the implicated products by emailing the FSA’s dedicated Food Incidents mailbox: foodincidents@foodstandards.gsi.gov.uk

About product withdrawals and recalls

If there is a problem with a food product that means it should not be sold, then it might be 'withdrawn' (taken off the shelves) or 'recalled' (when customers are asked to return the product). The Food Standards Agency issues Product Withdrawal Information Notices and Product Recall Information Notices to let consumers and local authorities know about problems associated with food. In some cases, a 'Food Alert for Action' is issued. This provides local authorities with details of specific action to be taken on behalf of consumers.

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