The last few weeks have seen an unusually high number of food product recalls in the UK. Against an average of less than 3 per month over the last 5 years, we have already seen 5 recalls in the first 3 weeks of July according to the Food Standards Agency website. The recalls include:
- Fovitor International Ltd is recalling its Dzomi Palm Oil (1 litre bottle) with a ‘best before’ end date of 31 October 2016 because it contains the illegal dye known as Sudan IV;
- Purity Soft Drinks Ltd is recalling one batch of its Firefly Lemon, Lime and Ginger Natural Drink (330ml) with a ‘best before’ date of April 2016 and batch code 5029 because some bottles may contain broken glass on the rim of the bottle;
- J & K Smokery Ltd has recalled all packs of its vacuum packed smoked fish because of concerns about procedures to control Clostridium botulinum;
- Windmill Organics Ltd is recalling a batch of Taifun Tofu Basilico, 200g, because some packs may contain small pieces of plastic; and
- Brindisa Spanish Foods is recalling La Chinata Smoked Paprika Mild because salmonella has been detected.
Whilst there is nothing to suggest that this is a trend, such variations in numbers occur quite naturally; it is a useful reminder for all those involved in the food industry (and indeed in the wider supply chain) of the importance of planning for product withdrawals and recalls.