Morrisons recalls salmon over white spirit scareProducts may have been tainted with white spirit

14 February 2008

Morrisons has recalled fresh Scottish salmon due to possible white spirit contamination.

Nearly 30 Scottish salmon products are subject to the recall, with only organic produce unaffected.

The white spirit taint could give the fish an unpleasant taste, according to the Food Standards Agency.

Scottish salmon

Morrisons has pulled Scottish salmon from its fresh fish counters and pre-packed chillers.

It is advising customers who have bought the products not to eat them.

They should instead return them to stores for a full refund, Morrisons said.

Recall notice

Various salmon and smoked salmon products with use-by dates of February 10 to 13 inclusive are subject to the recall.

A Morrisons product recall notice says the salmon is being pulled as a precautionary measure due to the potential risk of white spirit taint.

'All our fresh salmon is delivered daily and no other date codes are affected. No other Morrisons products are affected,' the notice says.

'We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and assure customers of our continuing commitment to the highest standards of product safety and quality.'

Food Standards Agency

A Food Standards Agency spokesman said the watchdog was told about the incident by Morrisons yesterday afternoon after the supermarket received around 50 customer complaints.

Commenting on the risk posed by chemicals in the white spirit, the spokesman said consumer safety was not thought to be at risk.

'At the moment we don't have sufficient quantitative information to conduct a formal risk assessment,' he said.

'However, based on the analyst's report supplied, the chemicals implicated in the problem are present at low levels which are very unlikely to be an acute risk to health and this therefore appears to be a problem of taint, which is a quality rather than a safety matter.'

A Morrisons spokeswoman said the chain was investigating the incident with its supplier.

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