A batch of UK prepackaged minestrone soup suspected to contain pieces of plastic

Issue Date 1.2.2017
Source of Information

The Centre for Food Safety (CFS)

Food Product

Prepackaged minestrone soup

Product Name and Description

Product: Hearty Minestrone Soup
Brand: Waitrose
Packing size: 600 grams per cup
Use-by date: January 29, 2017

Reason For Issuing Alert

The CFS, through its routine Food Incident Surveillance System, learned that the British manufacturer of the minestrone soup concerned had initiated a recall of the above-mentioned batch of product as it might contain pieces of plastic. Upon learning of the incident, the CFS immediately followed up with major local importers. The CFS' investigation found that PARKnSHOP (HK) Limited had imported the affected product into Hong Kong.

According to information provided by the importer concerned, it had imported a total of 60 cups of the affected product, which were only on sale in its chain of supermarkets. Forty-nine cups had been sold and the importer had stopped sale of and removed from shelves the remaining affected product. A recall has also been initiated.

Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety

Upon learning of the incident, the CFS has immediately contacted the importer concerned for follow-up.

The CFS has alerted the trade to the incident and will continue to closely monitor the case and take appropriate follow-up action.

Advice to the Trade

Stop using or selling the affected batch of the product.

Advice to Consumers

Not to consume the products concerned.

Further Information

The CFS press release

Members of the public may call the vendor's hotline at 2606 8658 during office hours for enquiries about the recall.

Centre for Food Safety
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department