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If there is a problem with a food product that means it should not be sold, then it might be 'withdrawn' (taken off the shelves) or 'recalled' (when customers are asked to return the product).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 FSA issues information about product withdrawals and recalls to let consumers and local authorities know about problems associated with food.

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  • SuperValu Salted Peanuts recalled

    Friday 28 December 2012

    Budgens, Londis and SuperValu have recalled some of their SuperValu Salted Peanuts, because one batch of the product has been found to contain aflatoxins at levels higher than the regulatory limits. The levels of aflatoxins found are not considered a safety risk. However, if you have bought any of the product do not eat it. The Agency has issued a Product Recall Information Notice.

  • Update on recall of Koon Yick Wah Kee tofu

    Friday 28 December 2012

    The Food Standards Agency is issuing an updated Food Alert for Action concerning the Koon Yick Wah Kee rose bean curd tofu and chilli bean curd tofu originating from China via The Netherlands, because of confirmation that further tofu from the same company has high levels of Bacillus cereus.

  • Argyll Smokery recalls batch of prawns

    Thursday 27 December 2012

    Argyll Smokery is recalling a single batch of smoked prawns due to a processing error that means Clostridium botulinum could grow. The Food Standards Agency in Scotland has issued a Product Recall Information Notice.

  • Koon Yick Wah Kee Rose Bean Curd (Tofu) and Chilli Bean Curd (Tofu) recalled

    Thursday 20 December 2012

    Dutch importer Liroy B.V. is recalling batches of Koon Yick Wah Kee Rose Bean Curd (Tofu) and Chilli Bean Curd (Tofu), because the products are contaminated with the bacterium Bacillus cereus and several types of yeast. The presence of Bacillus cereus poses a possible health risk. If you have bought one of these products, do not eat it. The Agency has issued a Food Alert for Action.

  • Certain batches of cheese withdrawn from three supermarkets

    Monday 17 December 2012

    Asda, The Co-operative and WM Morrison Supermarkets PLC have withdrawn certain batches of mild cheddar and red Leicester cheese because small pieces of metal may be present in the products. If you have bought any of the products listed below, do not eat it. The Agency has issued a Product Withdrawal Information Notice.

  • Fish balls withdrawn from sale in Scotland

    Friday 14 December 2012

    Fu Zhou Chan Kee Traditional Fresh Fish Balls have been produced in unapproved premises under unsatisfactory hygiene conditions and are believed to have been distributed in the Lothian area of Scotland. Despite local authority investigations in the originating area, it has not been possible to obtain full distribution details.

  • Harrods recalls own-brand Date and Tea Fruit Cake

    Wednesday 12 December 2012

    Harrods has recalled some packs of its own-brand Date and Tea Fruit Cake as some products have developed signs of mould spoilage. The Agency has issued a Product Recall Information Notice.

  • Sainsbury's recalls Red Tree Iced Rich Fruit Cake

    Wednesday 28 November 2012

    Sainsbury's has recalled all packs of its own-brand Red Tree Iced Rich Fruit Cake because some products have developed signs of mould spoilage. The Agency has issued a Product Recall Information Notice.

  • Recall of peanut butter and peanut-based products

    Wednesday 21 November 2012

    The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is warning consumers not to eat certain peanut butter and peanut-based products which have been imported from the US because of possible contamination with salmonella. Salmonella is a bacterium that causes food poisoning. The Agency has issued a Food Alert for Action.

  • Farmfoods withdraws pre-packed cooked meats

    Friday 26 October 2012

    Farmfoods has withdrawn a number of own-brand pre-packed cooked meats, because the packaging incorrectly states ‘best before’ rather than ‘use by’. The Agency has issued a Product Withdrawal Information Notice.

  • Cleone Foods Ltd recalls Island Delight Jerk snack pack

    Friday 26 October 2012

    Cleone Foods Ltd has recalled Island Delight Jerk snack packs, because the products have been labelled with the incorrect 'best before' date. The Food Standards Agency has issued a Product Recall Information Notice.

  • Nisa Retail Ltd recalls own brand biscuits

    Monday 22 October 2012

    Nisa Retail Ltd has recalled a batch of its own-brand Heritage Digestive Biscuits, because some of the packs might contain pieces of metal. The Food Standards Agency has issued a Product Recall Information Notice.

  • The Co-operative recalls pasta sauce

    Thursday 18 October 2012

    The Co-operative has recalled a batch of its own-brand Truly Irresistible Whole Cherry Tomato and Chilli Pasta Sauce, because some of the jars may contain pieces of glass. The Food Standards Agency has issued a Product Recall Information Notice.

  • Brasserie de Saint-Omer adds more beer to recall

    Friday 12 October 2012

    Brasserie de Saint-Omer has extended its recall of several brands of beer, which includes a number of supermarket own brands, because a limited number of bottles may contain small pieces of glass. The Food Standards Agency has issued a product recall information notice.

  • Myprotein recalls its Free Range Liquid Egg Whites

    Wednesday 10 October 2012

    Myprotein has recalled its own-brand Free Range Liquid Egg Whites with a 'best before' date of 8 February 2013, because salmonella has been detected in a batch of the product. The Agency has issued a product recall information notice.

  • Lubna Foods Ltd recalls dry dates

    Tuesday 2 October 2012

    Lubna Foods Ltd has recalled certain batches of Manzoor and Chuwara Supreme dry dates, because they may have been contaminated with insects. The Food Standards Agency has issued a Product Recall Information Notice.

  • Lightbody recalls its Annabel Karmel Bars

    Tuesday 2 October 2012

    Lightbody Ventures Ltd has recalled two varieties of its Annabel Karmel Chewy Bars because they may be contaminated with insects. The Agency has issued a Product Recall Information Notice.

  • Euro Quality recalls its lambs' brains

    Monday 1 October 2012

    Euro Quality Lambs Ltd is recalling its lambs’ brains, which have entered the food chain without being inspected properly. The Food Standards Agency is asking all local authority enforcement officers to ensure that the product is withdrawn from sale and destroyed. The Agency has issued a Food Alert for Action.

  • P&B recalls Heera brand dry dates

    Friday 28 September 2012

    P&B (Foods) Limited has recalled packs of its Heera brand dry dates with 'best before' dates up to and including May 2015, because they have been contaminated with insects. The Food Standards Agency has issued a Product Recall Information Notice.

  • More beers added to recall

    Monday 10 September 2012

    Some bottles of Tesco Bière d'Or with 'best before' dates up to and including 30 September 2013 have been added to the recall list issued by the Food Standards Agency last week.

  • Several brands of beer recalled

    Saturday 8 September 2012

    Brasserie de Saint-Omer is recalling several brands of beer, including a number of supermarket own brands, because a limited number of bottles may contain small pieces of glass. The Food Standards Agency has issued a product recall information notice.

  • Sainsbury's beer recalled

    Thursday 6 September 2012

    Sainsbury's is recalling its Biere des Moulins Lager and St Cervois Premium Lager, because a small number may contain pieces of glass. The Agency has issued a Product Recall Information Notice.

  • Tesco recalls own-brand Prawn Masala and Pilau Rice

    Tuesday 21 August 2012

    Tesco has recalled its own-brand Prawn Masala and Pilau Rice, with a 'use by' date of 22 September. This product should have a 'use by' date of 22 August. If you have bought the product, don't eat it. The Agency has issued a Product Recall Information Notice.

  • Agency issues botulism warning update

    Friday 27 July 2012

    The Food Standards Agency is warning people not to eat a certain batch of Italian olives sold in jars after one person became ill with botulism poisoning after eating them. The Agency has now received further information from the Italian Authorities confirming that 60 jars of the affected Divini Di Chicco Francesco olives product were distributed to one supplier in the UK.

  • Agency issues botulism warning

    Wednesday 25 July 2012

    The Food Standards Agency is warning people not to eat a certain batch of Italian olives sold in jars after one person became ill with botulism poisoning after eating them. It has issued a Food Alert for Action.

  • Prompt Thai 2000 recalls Lady's Choice spreads and Knorr soups

    Tuesday 24 July 2012

    Prompt Thai 2000 (Wholesale) has recalled all jars of a range of Lady’s Choice spreads and sachets of Knorr soups manufactured in the Philippines. The products contain meat, egg and dairy ingredients that do not have the necessary import approvals. If you've bought the products don’t eat them. The Agency has issued a Product Recall Information Notice.

  • Prompt Thai 2000 recalls Kraft Cheez Whiz

    Tuesday 17 July 2012

    Prompt Thai 2000 (Wholesale) has recalled all jars of its Kraft Cheez Whiz manufactured in the Philippines. The Philippines is a country not approved to export milk or milk-based dairy products into the EU.* If you've bought any of these products, don’t eat them. The Agency has issued a Product Recall Information Notice. *Amended 17 July 2012

  • Cott recalls isotonic orange drink

    Tuesday 3 July 2012

    Cott Beverages is recalling one batch of Emerge Isotonic Orange Flavour Sports Drink. The batch may be contaminated with small pieces of plastic. If you've bought the product, do not drink it. The Agency has issued a Product Recall Information Notice.

  • Breckland recalls fruit-based drinks

    Tuesday 3 July 2012

    Breckland Orchard is recalling some date codes of its fruit-based drinks due to the potential risk of the glass bottles breaking. All affected products have a 'best before' date of either March 2013 or April 2013. The Agency has issued a Product Recall Information Notice.

  • Sainsbury's recalls own-brand fruit and nut mix

    Tuesday 19 June 2012

    Sainsbury's has recalled all packs of its own-brand So Organic Fruit and Nut Mix, as salmonella has been detected in one pack. If you’ve bought the product don’t eat it. The Agency has issued a Product Recall Information Notice.

  • Chokablok ice cream recalled

    Tuesday 12 June 2012

    R&R Ice Cream Ltd is taking the precautionary measure of recalling from customers three varieties of multipack Chokablok ice cream bought from Tesco and One Stop stores. Due to a production fault, the products might contain pieces of broken lolly stick.

  • Spar recalls its own-brand pudding rice

    Monday 21 May 2012

    Spar is recalling all of its own-brand pudding rice. The product may be contaminated with rice weevils. If you’ve bought the product, do not eat it. The Agency has issued a Product Withdrawal Information Notice.

  • Sainsbury's recalls own-brand teacakes

    Friday 11 May 2012

    Sainsbury's has recalled one batch of its own-brand Basic Tea Cakes. The batch may contain small pieces of plastic caused by a manufacturing fault. If you’ve bought the product don’t eat it. The Agency has issued a Product Recall Information Notice.

  • Recall of some Tropicana kids orange juice

    Wednesday 2 May 2012

    PepsiCo is recalling some (277 packs) of its Tropicana Kids Orange Juice Drink multi-packs because they contain only water rather than the orange juice blend. The water is affected by microbiological contamination. If you have bought the product, don’t drink it. The Agency has issued a Product Recall Information Notice.

  • Illicit Smirnoff Red Label Vodka alert

    Friday 27 April 2012

    Illicit Smirnoff Red Label Vodka 70cl has been discovered on sale in the UK with a high level of Propan-2-ol, which can damage the health of anyone drinking it. The Agency has issued a Food Alert for Action.

  • Ella's Kitchen recalls cottage pie with cinnamon

    Monday 26 March 2012

    Ella's Kitchen is recalling pouches of its Stage 3 Seriously Comforting Cottage Pie with a Pinch of Cinnamon, with a 'best before' date of February 2013. There could be hardened cinnamon inside the product pouch, which could present a choking risk. The affected batch was supplied to Tesco stores only. The Agency has issued a Product Recall Information Notice.

  • Morrisons recalls own-brand turkey breast (updated)

    Wednesday 21 March 2012

    Morrisons is recalling packs of its own-brand turkey breast with 'use by' dates of 26 April and 27 April 2012.* These packs should have been labelled with 'use by' dates of 26 March and 27 March 2012.* If you have bought the products do not eat them. The Agency has issued an updated Product Recall Information Notice.

  • Morrisons recalls one batch of its whole nut milk chocolate

    Monday 27 February 2012

    Morrisons is recalling its own-brand Whole Nut Milk Chocolate, with a 'best before' date of 16 June 2012, as it may be contaminated with small pieces of metal. If you've bought the chocolate, do not eat it. The Agency has issued a Product Recall Information Notice.

  • SPAR recalls batch of chicken chunks due to listeria

    Saturday 25 February 2012

    SPAR is recalling one batch of SPAR Flame Grilled Chicken Chunks, with a 'use by' date of 3 March 2012, as low levels of Listeria monocytogenes were detected in one sample during routine monitoring. Anyone who bought the product should not eat it. The Agency has issued a Product Recall Information Notice.

  • Marks and Spencer recalls some of its Chinese range

    Thursday 9 February 2012

    Marks and Spencer is recalling four products from its Chinese range with a ‘use by’ date of 9 March 2012. They should have been labelled with a ‘use by’ date of 9 February 2012. Eating products past their intended 'use by' date could present a risk to health. The Agency has issued a Product Recall Information Notice.

  • Iceland recalls frozen minced lamb

    Tuesday 24 January 2012

    Iceland is recalling its frozen minced lamb because some batches may be contaminated with salmonella. Salmonella is a bacterium that causes food poisoning. The affected batches have a 'best before' date of 11 October 2012. If you have bought the product don’t eat it. The Agency has issued a Product Recall Information Notice.

  • Morrisons recalls smoked mackerel fillets

    Tuesday 17 January 2012

    Morrisons is recalling all batches of certain smoked mackerel fillet products. Due to a processing error, some may be undercooked. If you have bought any of the products don’t eat them. The Agency has issued a Product Recall Information Notice.

  • Makro recalls various meat tapas

    Tuesday 10 January 2012

    Makro is recalling certain batches of tapas meat products because some are contaminated with listeria. If you have bought any of the products listed below after 6 October 2011, don’t eat them. The Agency has issued a Product Recall Information Notice.