Undeclared allergen (crustaceans and molluscs) found in imported prepackaged curry

Issue Date 19.1.2023
Source of Information

Centre for Food Safety

Food Product

Imported prepackaged curry

Product Name and Description

Product name: Count on Us Thai style green chicken curry

Brand: M&S

Place of origin: United Kingdom

Sole importer: ALF Retail Hong Kong Limited

Net weight: 350 grams per pack

Use-by date: January 22, 2023

Reason For Issuing Alert
  • The CFS, through its Food Incident Surveillance System, noted a notice issued by the Food Standards Agency of the UK that the above-mentioned product is under recall because it might contain crustaceans and molluscs but they were undeclared on the food label.
  • Preliminary investigation found that the above-mentioned importer had imported the affected product which was on sale in its chain stores.
  • Crustaceans and molluscs are known food allergens. Those who are allergic to them may develop symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhoea, breathing difficulty, itchy skin and rash upon consumption. In severe cases, anaphylactic shock may even develop.
Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety
  • The CFS immediately followed up with major local importers and retailers.
  • The importer has already stopped sale and removed from shelves the affected product and initiated a recall.
  • The CFS will alert the trade, continue to follow up on the incident and take appropriate action as and when necessary. An investigation is ongoing.
Advice to the Trade
  • The trade should also stop using or selling the product concerned immediately should they possess it.
Advice to Consumers
  • Do not consume the product concerned.
Further Information

The CFS press release

Members of the public may call its hotline at 3656 2253 during office hours for enquiries about the recall.

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Centre for Food Safety
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department