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Empanada Selection contains sesame and prawns

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The Co-operative Food has withdrawn packs of its Loved by Us 10 Piece Empanada Selection which contain sesame and prawns. These ingredients are not mentioned on the product label, which mean that the product is a possible health risk for anyone with an allergy to sesame and/or crustaceans (prawns).

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Top Retailers Allergen Alerts

Allergen  Alerts From Top Retailers

Daily Allergen Alerts

It seems there is hardly a day goes by that one of the UK’s major retailers or food manufacturers has a product recall or alert for mislabeling of food under the newEU Food Information for Consumers Regulation, launched on 13 December 2014.  See more. So what chance do small restaurants and busineeses have when purchasing their ingredients from their local Cash and Carrys or Wholesalers . It strikes me that the food industry as a whole has a lot of work to catch up with clear and concise labelling.

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Keeping Your Customers Safe


Campylobacter is the most common cause of food poisoning in the UK and is considered to be responsible for more than 280,000 cases of food poisoning each year. More than 72,000 of these were confirmed to be campylobacter poisoning (also known as campylobacteriosis) by laboratory reports.

Eight Key Things You Can Do To Today

1.Defrost in the fridge
Place poultry in a covered container on the bottom shelf of the fridge to defrost away from cooked/ready-to-eat foods. Check poultry is fully defrosted before cooking.

2.Never mix raw poultry and cooked food
Keep raw poultry separate from cooked and ready-to-eat food.

3. Avoid cross-contamination
Ensure hands, equipment and surfaces are thoroughly cleaned with soap, hot water and appropriate disinfectant after contact with raw poultry or its packaging.

4. Cover and chill
Cover raw poultry and store at the bottom of the fridge so juices cannot drip on other foods.

5. Check it’s cooked
Poultry should be cooked thoroughly until steaming hot with no pink meat and juices must run clear. Check this at the thickest part. If barbecuing, consider pre-cooking in the oven first, then finish on the barbecue for flavour.

6.Don’t wash raw poultry
Splashing water spreads germs to hands, equipment, surfaces and other foods.

7. Cook marinades
Don’t put sauce or marinade on cooked food if it has already been used with raw poultry

8.Book TBDS REHIS Approved Training
REHIS Elementary Food Hygiene, REHIS Cross-Contamination, HACCP,In House Training Courses

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Tree nut ingredients labelling IKEA product recall

Product Contains Other Tree Nuts

IKEA is recalling its Russin & Mandel raisin and almond mix because the product contains other tree nut ingredients (cashews, brazils, walnuts, hazelnuts) which are not included in the ingredients list. This means the product is a possible health risk for anyone with an allergy to tree nuts.tree nut alert.




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Campylobacter? Salmonella? Danger Christmas Dinners Ahead

More food poisoning cases associated with Christmas  than barbecue season

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For many, it is the highlight of the Christmas season. Beware! Preparing and eating a turkey dinner can also be one of the most dangerous things you do over the holiday season.

More than ten million turkeys are sold during the festive season and twenty per cent of all food poisoning outbreaks are poultry-related. December’s reports normally outnumbering any other month.

Salmonella and Campylobacter

The two most harmful bacretia than can be  found in all types of poultry are Salmonella and Campylobacter. If not killed by the correct handling and cooking procedures both can cause serious sickness and in some cases long term illness.

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The Truth About Campylobacter

People talking about the real life effects of food poisoning bug known as campylobacter. It’s the most common cause of food poisoning in the UK. It can be fatal. Spread the word, not the germs


campylobacter the risks of washing raw chicken.  For Information on Cross Contamination Training Courses througout Scotland please click on this link and visit our web page.


Hairy Bikers Condiment Selection Withdrawn

Safety issue due to a labelling error

Kimm & Miller Ltd has recalled packs of Hairy Bikers Tasty Trio Condiment Selection with a ‘best before’ end of March 2016 because the product contains barley, eggs, milk, mustard and sulphites. These allergens are not mentioned correctly on the bottles, making the product a possible health risk for anyone with a relevant allergy, intolerance or sensitivity. This product has only been sold by BOOTS.

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Chicken and Chorizo Paella Withdrawn

Chicken and Chorizo Paella Withdrawn

The Food Standards Agency report that the Co-operative has withdrawn packs of its Loved by Us Chicken and Chorizo Paella that contain wheat and prawns. These ingredients are not mentioned on the product label, which mean that the product is a possible health risk for anyone with an intolerance to gluten (wheat) and/or an allergy to prawns.

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Insects Found Baby Food Recall

Cow & Gate Recalls Sunny Start My First Banana Muesli

It has been reported that, any Sunny Start My First Banana Muesli product with the best before date September 27, 2016, has been recalled after complaints about the presence of foreign bodies, such as insects.
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) also issued advice and a warning to customers, saying to return the product and not to eat it. But the recall only applies to this specific product with the mentioned sell-by date and not to other Cow & Gate items.

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