Bottled pesto may contain allergen <peanuts>

Issue Date 19.2.2020
Source of Information

The Food Standards Australia New Zealand

Food Product

Bottled pesto

Product Name and Description

Product name: Jamie Oliver Green Pesto
Brand: Jamie Oliver
Place of origin: Italy
Distributor: Wilson International Frozen Foods (HK) Limited
Packing size: 190 grams per bottle
Best before date: All dates

Reason For Issuing Alert

The Centre for Food Safety (CFS), through its Food Incident Surveillance System, noted a notice issued by the Food Standards Australia New Zealand that the abovementioned pesto product might contain peanuts.  However, the ingredient was not declared on the food label of the product concerned. The product is under recall.

Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety

The CFS immediately followed up with major local importers and retailers.  Preliminary investigations revealed that a distributor, Wilson International Frozen Foods (HK) Limited had imported some of the abovementioned affected pesto product which had been distributed to various retail shops.  

The importer concerned had stopped sale and removed from shelves the affected product and initiated a recall according to CFS' instructions.

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

Advice to the Trade

Stop using or selling the product concerned immediately.

Advice to Consumers

Consumers who are allergic to peanuts are advised not to consume the product concerned.  Those who feel unwell after consuming it should seek medical treatment.

Further Information

The CFS press release

Enquiries about the recall can be made to Wilson International Frozen Foods (HK) Limited (3678 0715) during office hours.

Centre for Food Safety
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department