Undeclared allergen (egg) found in prepackaged spaghetti bolognese

Issue Date 8.3.2017
Source of Information

The UK Food Standards Agency and Food Safety Authority of Ireland

Food Product

Prepackaged frozen spaghetti bolognese

Product Name and Description

Product name: Spaghetti Bolognese
Brand: Tesco
Place of origin: Ireland
Net weight: 400 grams per pack

Reason For Issuing Alert

The Centre for Food Safety (CFS), through its Food Incident Surveillance System, has learned of the notices issued by the UK Food Standards Agency and Food Safety Authority of Ireland that Tesco has initiated a recall of the 400g frozen Spaghetti Bolognese product, regardless of batches, because the product contains egg, a food allergen, but the ingredient is not declared on the product's food label.

Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety

The CFS immediately followed up with major local importers. The CFS' investigation found that China Resources Vanguard (HK) Company Limited has imported the product concerned into Hong Kong. According to information provided by the importer concerned, it had imported a total of 966 packs and some 150 packs had already been sold. The importer concerned has stopped sale and removed from shelves the affected product. A recall has also been initiated.

The CFS will alert the trade to the incident and will continue to follow up and take appropriate action. Investigation is ongoing.

Advice to the Trade

Stop using or selling the product immediately should the trade possess it.

Advice to Consumers

Consumers who are allergic to egg should stop consuming the product concerned. People should seek medical treatment if they feel unwell after consuming it.

Further Information

The CFS press release

Members of the public may call China Resources Vanguard (HK) Company Limited's hotline at 2586 3000 for enquiries during office hours about the recall.

Centre for Food Safety
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department