A South Australian firm has announced a product recall after metal fragments were found in dried apricots.
According to ABC, Charlesworth Nuts will recall a range of nine products, including Christmas cakes, muffins and gift baskets following two complaints to SA Health.
Dr Fay Jenkins, SA Health food director, said that the cause of the contamination was still being investigated but there was no evidence that the act was deliberate.
“Metal fragments can be potentially dangerous and cause injury if ingested,” Dr Jenkins said, according to ABC.
“Charlesworth Nuts is proactively working with SA Health and Food Standards Australia – New Zealand to remove affected products from retailers’ shelves and notify consumers. Charlesworth Nuts is continuing to investigate and some additional products, which are sold under different labels, may be included in the recall.”
As another product recall impacts the Australian food production industry, Stephen Elms, National Head of Food Production at Gallagher, said that the incident highlights the importance of product recall insurance for the sector.
“There has been a spike in food producers seeking product recall insurance coverage,” Elms said.
“For this sector, product recall cover is of paramount importance and would respond if products have been tampered with and need to be withdrawn or recalled off shelves.”
The recent strawberry crisis, which saw tonnes of product ditched after deliberate tampering of products, put product recall insurance front and centre for the food production industry. While the deliberate tampering of food is a rare occurrence, product recall can happen, regardless of the safety nets put in place by producers.
“A food producer should look to work with their broker to better understand their supply chain, find where the gaps are in their cover and work out how they would respond to such an incident in future,” Elms continued.
This subject is explored in greater detail in the latest Gallagher Market Overview Report, Reflections on a year of change. The report is available as a digital download.