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Friday, November 22, 2013

Great Britain Food Alert Dried Fishery Packaged in an Unapproved Establishment

Various dried fish products have been packaged in an unapproved establishment, trading as Africa Choice. Some of the implicated products have been found on sale at a number of food premises in the London area and may have been distributed by Afro Food Centre Ltd.
Despite investigations by the enforcement authorities, it has not been possible to obtain information on the origin of the packaged products or the full distribution details. There is known distribution to some specialist retail establishments in London and Manchester, however, it is possible that distribution may have taken place to other establishments outside of these areas. Some of the products have been labelled with fraudulent ID mark – UK OL026EC, and with 'packed by African Choice' information on the label. Other products may be labelled with only the unapproved ID mark.
Identification of the affected products
  • Ground Crayfish
  • Ground Prawns
  • Ground Shawa Fillets
  • Haddock Fillets
  • Smoked Shawa Fillets
  • Stockfish
  • Stockfish Backbone
  • Stockfish Cod Backbone
  • Stockfish Cod Trimmings
  • Stockfish Cutlets
  • Whole Crayfish
  • Whole Prawns
  • Stockfish Tusk
  • Smoked Catfish Fillets
  • Smoked Herring Fillets
  • Smoked Bonga Fillets
  • Smoked Ground Crayfish
  • Smoked Ground Shawa Fillet
  • Stockfish Fillet Steak
  • Smoked Stockfish Fillets
  • Smoked Stockfish Trimmings
  • Smoked Prawns
  • Dried Whole Prawns
  • Stockfish Cod
  • Smoked Haddock Fillets
All dates and batch codes of the products listed above displaying the approval number UK OL026 EC and/or bearing the labelling information 'Packed by Africa Choice'.
To assist officers to correctly identify these products, example photographs of the labels have been attached to this alert.
If you have purchased any products with the above packaging information, please do not eat them.
As the above products were repackaged in an unapproved establishment they do not comply with the requirements of Regulation (EC) No 853/2004 which lays down the specific hygiene rules for food of animal origin.
Local authorities in the known areas are requested to make contact with the relevant retailers in their area who may sell the implicated products. If implicated products are found during the course of their investigations, enforcement officers should ensure that the products are withdrawn from sale and destroyed, if necessary using powers available to them under the Food Hygiene Regulations 2006 and the Food Safety Act 1990. In addition, the local authorities are requested to investigate the traceability of these products and provide any information or copies of the documents to the FSA.
Other local authorities are requested to check during the course of routine visits to establishments in their area for the supply of the above products. If implicated products are found during the course of their visits, enforcement officers should ensure that the products are withdrawn from sale and destroyed, if necessary using powers available to them under the Food Safety Act 1990.
Local authorities should report any finding of the implicated products and any traceability information by emailing the FSA’s dedicated Food Incidents mailbox:foodincidents@foodstandards.gsi.gov.uk

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