Food recalls aren't that 'common' says expert
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Food recalls occur following pathogenic containment, physical containment, or misbranding. Pullin’s Bakery is the latest to recall a food product.
Pullin’s Bakery, full name Mr T.G Pullin’s Bakery, based in Bristol, issued a statement recalling their Stilton & Figs relish biscuit.
It stated: “We are recalling any Stilton & Fig Relish Biscuits with Best Before Dates of the 5th, 12th and 19th of March 2022 because they contain Sesame Seeds.
“There is a warning on the pack to inform customers that Sesame Seeds are used in the bakery, but on this occasion they are also present in the product.”
The bakery advised customers: “If you have bought any of the above product with the affected best before dates and have an allergy to Sesame do not eat them.
The product details are:
Pullin’s Bakery Stilton & Fig relish biscuits with a pack size of 155g.
The best before dates on the packaging are March 5, March 12 and March 19 2022.
The Allergen to be aware of is sesame.
Pullin’s Bakery urged customers who have bought the product to come forward: “Please notify Pullin’s Bakery on 01934 833995 or by emailing [email protected] with the batch details. We will issue you a full refund.”
But for those who are not allergic to sesame, the company reassured: “There is no other food safety issue with this product, this warning is only relevant if you have an allergy to sesame.”
Alongside the statement from Pullin’s bakery, the FSA confirmed: “Pullin’s Bakery is recalling Pullin’s Bakery Stilton & Fig Relish biscuits because they contain sesame seeds which are not mentioned in the ingredients list.
“There is a warning on the pack that sesame seeds are used on site but on this occasion, sesame seeds have been used as an ingredient in the product. This means the product is a possible health risk for anyone with an allergy to sesame.”
It continued: “This product contains sesame making it a possible health risk for anyone with an allergy to sesame.”
As for the action taken by the company, the FSA explained: “Pullin’s Bakery is recalling the above product from customers and has been advised to contact the relevant allergy support organisations, which will tell their members about the recall.
“The company has also issued a point-of-sale notice to its customers. These notices explain to customers why the product is being recalled and tell them what to do if they have bought the product.”
Pullin’s Bakery has four stores which are affected.
There are two on High St, Yatton; one on Hill Rd, Clevedon; and one on Stoke Lane, Bristol.
About allergy alerts
The FSA said: “Sometimes there will be 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).
“Sometimes foods have to be withdrawn or recalled if there is a risk to consumers because the allergy labelling is missing or incorrect or if there is any other food allergy risk.
“When there is a food allergy risk, the FSA will issue an Allergy Alert.”
Pullin’s Bakery is an award-winning family bakery in Bristol, founded in 1925.
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