Food safety is a given, when a consumer purchases food they expect it to be safe and fit to eat. The responsibility for ensuring food is safe to eat rests with the farmer (sometimes called the primary producer), the manufacturer or processor (if the food is prepared in a factory), the distributor and wholesaler (the people responsible for transfering the food from the manufacturer to the shop or to the door in the case of direct sales or mail order), the retailer and the consumer themselves.
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Recall of Mas-River Fried Dace update
The UK FSA has issued a food alert to confirm that Tins of Mas-River branded Fried Dace are being recalled by the UK importer Oriental Merchant (Europe) Ltd, because the product is from an unapproved establishment in Malaysia and high levels of histamine have been found in one batch. High levels of histamine can cause scombrotoxic fish poisoning if eaten. The Agency has issued a Food Alert for Action asking all authorities that may have distributors or retailers of this product in their areas to take action. The Food Alert for Action updates the Product Recall Information Notice issued on 19 January 2011, which can be found via the links in the alert.
Hon Shen Ltd is recalling Nissin Food Holdings Ltd Spicy Beef Flavour Cup Noodles because it contains egg, wheat (gluten), milk and soya which are not emphasised correctly on the label. The means the product is a possible health risk for anyone with an allergy or intolerance to egg and/or wheat (gluten), and/or an allergy or intolerance to milk or milk constituents, and/or an allergy to soya.
Follow the link for more details. Source: FSA
There have been some unusual RASFF alerts this week including: cadmium (0.35 mg/kg - ppm) in chilled horse meat from Belgium; too high content of nitrate (4347.3 mg/kg - ppm) in baby spinach from Italy; dead mouse in canned black beans from Italy and 2,4-dinitrophenol (DNP) offered online for sale in the UK again.