Food Allergen Alert: Stop Consuming an Oatmeal Product Manufactured in Taiwan

Issue Date 19.9.2012
Source of Information

The Centre for Food Safety (CFS)

Food Product


Product Name and Description

Product name: Oats & Job's Tear Powder
Agent: Metro Alliance Ltd
Place of origin: Taiwan
Best before date: December 5, 2013
Packing size: 240 grams (eight 30g packets)

Reason For Issuing Alert

A kind of pre-packaged oatmeal, manufactured in Taiwan, has been found to contain an allergen, peanut, which was not declared on the product's food label.

Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety

The CFS has issued warning letters to the supermarket and agent concerned. The trade has also been alerted to stop selling the affected product.

The CFS staff conducted investigations at the supermarket concerned and found the product was no longer available for sale.

Advice to the Trade

Stop selling the product concerned.

Advice to Consumers

Those who are allergic to peanuts to refrain from eating this particular product because peanut is a known food allergen and may cause allergic reactions with symptoms like vomiting, diarrhoea, asthma and rash upon consumption. In severe cases anaphylactic shock may even develop.

Consumers who have bought the particular product and are allergic to peanuts to stop eating it, regardless of the batch.

People should seek medical treatment if they feel unwell after eating the food.

Further Information

The CFS Press Release

The agent is conducting a product recall. For enquiries about the recall, members of the public may call the company's telephone hotline (2881 8518) during office hours.

Centre for Food Safety
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department