Newham

Food safety officers seize fish products to protect consumers

24 December 2014 in Community safety and Health
Newham Council acting on food hazard warnings from the Food Standards Agency seized quantities of dried fish products and African land snails on Christmas Eve from shops in and around East Ham, Plaistow and Upton Park.
Seized fish products
The council were instructed by the Food Standards Agency to visit shops and remove certain products supplied by Ades Limited, based in Charlton. The FSA had issued a Food Alert for Action in connection with that particular business. This is an order that provides local authorities with details of specific action that has to be taken on behalf of consumers.

According to the food agency, Ades Limited has been handling and packaging dried fish products and whole frozen African land snails in an unapproved establishment and under unsatisfactory hygiene conditions. The unapproved establishment is different to the one mentioned on the product labels.

Dried fish products and whole frozen African land snails with the number GN018 are affected by the alert. The products include whole prawns, smoked catfish fillet, stockfish (dried cod), stockfish tusk, boneless stockfish fillet cod, blue whiting, other dried fish and shellfish products, whole frozen African land snails. The FSA say the products are sold in gold-coloured packages with clear front or in fully transparent packaging.

Newham’s food safety staff visited 11 shops in total. A total of 249 bags, each weighing 100g and containing assorted dried fish products, were removed from sale from three premises. Small amounts of products supplied by Ades Limited were removed from four others. No products were found at four other premises visited. All the shops handed over the items voluntarily. They will now be destroyed.

Councillor Ian Corbett, mayoral adviser for environment, said: “The advice from the Food Standards Agency to residents is that if you have already bought any of these products, do not consume them.

“Despite investigations by other enforcement authorities it had not been possible to obtain the full details or where these products were being sold. That is why the FSA issued a Food Alert for Action instructing us to protect residents. As a result we visited shops and removed products where they were being sold, unaware of the dangers they posed. All the shops co-operated fully.”

For more information visit the Food Standards Agency website at www.food.gov.uk and go to the Food Alerts section.