Food Allergen Alert: Stop Consuming a Type of Salad Croutons

Issue Date 26.7.2013
Source of Information

The Centre for Food Safety (CFS)

Food Product

Salad croutons

Product Name and Description

Product name: Cardini's Caesar Salad Croutons
Importer/Retailer: city'super
Packing size: 150 grams
Place of origin: Australia
Best before: September 25, 2013

Reason For Issuing Alert

The CFS found through its routine food surveillance programme that the product concerned contained soy but this had not been declared on the food label. Upon investigation, the CFS found that the product was on sale in a chain supermarket. The importer/retailer has initiated a recall of the product.

Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety

The CFS had issued a warning letter to the importer/retailer concerned and alerted the trade to stop selling the product.

CFS staff have conducted checks on the concerned importer/retailer and found that sale of the product has been stopped.

The CFS will continue to monitor the situation and take appropriate follow-up action.

Advice to the Trade

Stop selling the affected product.

Advice to Consumers

Soy is a known food allergen. People who are allergic to soy may have an immunologic response like vomiting, diarrhoea and rash upon consumption of food containing this allergen. In severe cases anaphylactic shock may even develop. As for other members of the public, generally speaking, they would not be subject to such reactions when the food in question is consumed.

Consumers who have bought the particular product and are allergic to soy should stop eating it, regardless of any batch. People should seek medical treatment if they feel unwell after taking the food.

Further Information

The CFS press release

For enquiries about the recall, consumers may call the company's telephone hotline (2736 3866) during office hours.

Centre for Food Safety
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department