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16th Jun 2023

Urgent recall: Frozen food ‘of animal origin’ from Iceland stores nationwide

Clodagh McKeon

Foods of animal origin are chicken, meat, fish, eggs, dairy products

The Food Safety Authority has issued an urgent recall of all frozen food of “animal origin” from Iceland supermarkets dating back to March 3rd.

Iceland stores across Ireland are being asked to remove the products immediately due to inadequate evidence of food traceability and alleged non-compliance with import legislation from non-EU countries.

An investigation began after the Department of Agriculture, the Marine Border Control and Revenue, identified undeclared frozen food of animal origin being imported into Ireland for Iceland stores nationwide.

Shipments coming into Dublin Port have been under watch with many frozen food products being seized there already.

Iceland stores in Ireland are owned by Metron Stores Limited and they were served notice today by the FSAI.

RTE News reported that the Head of the FSAI, Dr. Pamela Byrne said they cannot be confident about the origin of the food in Iceland stores therefore want to recall and remove all existing products.

She said: “To date, while we have no reports of any illness associated with implicated products from Iceland Ireland stores, in the absence of the company providing valid and correct traceability documentation as required by the law.

“We have to take a precautionary approach to best protect consumers, as we cannot be fully confident of the traceability and safety of these imported frozen foods of animal origin.”

“Foods of animal origin are any food products that contain ingredients that come from an animal, such as chicken, meat, fish, eggs, dairy products, etc.”


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