A batch of vegetable soup suspected to be tainted with chemical contamination

Issue Date 27.3.2017
Source of Information

The UK Food Standards Agency (UK FSA) and Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI)

Food Product

Chicken and Vegetable Soup

Product Name and Description

Product name: Chicken and Vegetable Soup
Brand: Marks & Spencer
Place of origin: United Kingdom
Pack size: 600 grams per pack
Product code: 00711135
Use by date: March 30, 2017

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 FSA and FSAI that Marks & Spencer has initiated a recall of the above-mentioned batch of product because the product might be tainted with chemical contamination.

According to the information provided by the importer, 18 units of the above-mentioned product have been imported to Hong Kong which were only for sale in its retail outlets.

The importer has already stopped sale and removed from shelves the affected product, and initiated a recall.

Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety

Upon learning of the incident, the CFS immediately followed up with Marks & Spencer, the importer of the affected product in Hong Kong.

The CFS will continue to follow up and take appropriate action. Investigation is ongoing.

Advice to the Trade

Stop using or selling the product concerned immediately.

Advice to Consumers
Further Information

The CFS press release

Members of the public may call Marks & Spencer hotline at 3656 2253 during office hours.

Centre for Food Safety
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department