- Tesco has recalled one of its Christmas snacks and warned the customers against serious health hazards
- A batch of Finest Festive Fruit & Nut Selection was incorrectly placed in the Tesco Finest Festive Belgian Dark Chocolate Brazil Nuts packaging
FTSE 100 listed leading supermarket giant Tesco Plc (LON: TSCO) has recalled one of its Christmas snacks and warned the customers against serious health hazards on consumption of the item.
Reports stated that Tesco has recalled its Finest Festive Fruit & Nut Selection which comes in a package of 225 grams as the product contains sulphur dioxide, but it is not captured on the label of some batches.
According to news reports, a batch of Finest Festive Fruit & Nut Selection was mistakenly placed in the Tesco Finest Festive Belgian Dark Chocolate Brazil Nuts packaging. The health warnings were missing, and the sulphur dioxide amount was not mentioned on the label. The supermarket chain has issued a warning to its customers who might be sensitive to sulphites or sulphur dioxide.
Recently, Nestle, a swiss food and drink major recalled its coffee product, Nescafe Shakissimo Espresso Latte as it was found to be contaminated with residues of cleaning solution, putting the safety of the consumer at risk. The UK is supposed to have one of the safest processed food chains across the world but recalls like this tells a different story.
Food recalls are not that common in the UK in comparison to other products such as faulty engines or spare parts. According to the Food Standards Agency (FSA), the current volume of food items recalled are rare in proportion to millions of food items consumed every day.
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However, frequent food recalls also indicate that the industry is moving in the right direction to keep its supply chain safe and the food producers comply with the standards of food safety. Industry experts believe that the frequent food items recall reflect that the industry is equipped with better technology with which tracking has become easy. Most common types of mistakes include labelling mistakes or cross packaging. With the right technology in place, regulatory mechanisms have improved. As the food production has risen over the years, technology might be upgraded for greater regulatory oversight.
Another reason for food recall could be contamination. Even after meeting all hygiene standards, the processing machinery might contain some bacteria, which can contaminate the food. The increasing complexity of processed food items makes room for contamination in the process machinery.