Snacks recalled in toxin scareAflatoxin B1 found at levels above the legal limit

19 May 2006

Chocolates and snacks have been pulled from shop shelves after toxins known to cause cancer in animals were found in a batch of rice flour.

Certain batches of three brands - Quaker Caribbean Chicken Seasons crispbread snack, Sainsbury's Chocolate and Toffee Crispie Bites and Smiths Bacon Fries- have been recalled.

The move came after aflatoxin B1 was found at levels above the legal limit during routine testing of rice flower, which is used as a thickener or to produce the crispy texture in products such as cereals and crackers. Aflatoxin B1, which occurs naturally in mould, has been shown to cause cancer in animals.

Aflatoxins risk

A Food Standards Agency spokesman said: 'The risk from occasionally eating small amounts of aflatoxins is likely to be very small. However..there is some evidence to suggest they may be harmful to people. Therefore, we want to keep people's exposure as low as possible.'

The full list of affected products is on the Food Standards Agency website.