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Sudden Increase in Number of Food Product Recalls

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.