FSA UK – Organic apricot kernels recalled due to incorrect instructions for use

Today I publish a peculiar food recall: not only because it regards a less usual aspect than pathogens or contaminants, but also because is justified on the ground of a safety advice given by a national competent authority, namely the Food Standard Agency in UK. The product has been also distributed in Ireland, Poland and Slovenia.
Nua Naturals is recalling batches of Organic Apricot Kernels as the recommended usage on the label incorrectly advises to consume ‘No more than 3 to 5 kernels daily.’ We advise consumption of bitter apricot kernels should not exceed 1-2 kernels per adult per day due to potential acute and long term toxic effects associated with cyanide, which is found as a natural toxin in bitter apricot kernels.

Due to the potential acute and long term toxic effects associated with cyanide, the FSA advises that the consumption of apricot kernels should not exceed 1-2 kernels per adult per day, as doses above this could cause an acute health risk.

The products being recalled are:

Product: Nua Naturals Organic Apricot Kernels

Pack size: 175g

‘Best before’ end: May 2017 with batch codes: 150929, 151117, 160119

Best before’ end: November 2016 with batch codes: 150629, 150129, 150410

No other Nua Naturals products are known to be affected.

Nua Naturals has recalled the above products and issued point-of-sale notices to stores selling the products, requesting customers who have bought this product to return it to the store of purchase. A copy of the point-of-sale recall notice can be found at the link below:

PDF file Customer notice: Nua Naturals Organic Apricot Kernels

Consumers are advised not to consume any of the above product, and return the affected products to the store of purchase.

(Source: FSA website)

Japan lifts the ban on imports of Danish beef after other EU Member States

On 2 February 2016, Japan lifted its long-term ban on Danish beef based on an alleged risk of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE). The decision on products from Denmark follows an earlier opening of the Japanese market to beef products from France, Ireland, the Netherlands, and Poland.

Japan introduced an import ban on beef from the EU in 2001, referring to a risk of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE). This measure went beyond the international standards set by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and did not take into account the stringent control and surveillance measures in place in the European Union guaranteeing the safety of European beef and beef products.

Commissioners Andriukaitis, Malmström and Hogan, responsible respectively for trade, agriculture and food safety, agree that “it is good news that Japan continues to approve beef exports from EU Member States. We look forward to seeing Japan open its market to remaining EU Member States in the near future. All Commission services, together with the EU Delegation to Japan, are working towards opening the Japanese market for EU beef and beef products for all those Member States that are interested in exporting”.

This is also an encouraging signal for those EU Member States that have also applied to export beef, and whose equally high level of food safety has been internationally recognised by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).

Exports of beef and beef products from the EU to Japan resumed in 2013. The exports from the first 4 authorised Member States were worth €4.6 million in the first half of 2015. For Danish beef exports to effectively resume, Denmark will now need to designate the exporting establishments.

(Source: DG Sante)