Bottled pesto may contain allergen (peanuts)

Issue Date 15.1.2020
Source of Information

UK, Ireland and Singaporean authorities

Food Product

Bottled pesto

Product Name and Description

Product name: Tesco Green Pesto
Brand: Tesco
Place of origin: Italy
Packing size: 190 grams per bottle
Best-before dates: All batches dated on or before November 1, 2022

Reason For Issuing Alert
  • The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) through its Food Incident Surveillance System, noted notices issued by the UK, Ireland and Singaporean authorities concerned that several kinds of Tesco pesto products are under recall because they may contain peanuts but the ingredient is not declared on the food label.
Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety
  • Upon learning of the incident, the CFS immediately followed up with major local importers and retailers. Preliminary investigation revealed that an importer, CR Vanguard (HK) Company Limited, had imported some of the affected batches of the abovementioned product which were on sale in its retail outlets. The importer had already stopped sale and removed from shelves the affected batches of the product upon supplier's notification earlier on. It has also initiated a recall according to CFS' instructions.
  • The CFS will alert the trade, continue to follow up on the incident and take appropriate action.

Advice to the Trade
  • The trade should stop using or selling the product concerned immediately.
Advice to Consumers
  • Consumers who are allergic to peanuts should not consume the products concerned. Those who feel unwell after consuming them should seek medical treatment.
Further Information

The CFS press release

Enquiries about the recall can be made to the vendor's hotline at 2586 3000 during office hours.

Centre for Food Safety
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department