The maker of Branston Pickle has announced a recall of thousands of jars and plastic bottles.
Mizkan Euro Ltd said their products may contain pieces of plastic which make them unsafe to eat.
The Japanese-owned company said, “The health and safety of our consumers is always our number one priority. We are very sorry that on this occasion we may have disappointed you.”
Which products are unsafe?
Branston said the following products were included in the recall:
Branston Original Sweet PicklePack size: 280 gBest-before date: Jan 2022
Branston Original Sweet PicklePack size: 360 gBest-before dates: Jan 2022, Feb 2022
Branston Original Sweet PicklePack size: 520 gBest-before dates: Jan 2022, Feb 2022
Branston Original PicklePack size: 2.55 kgBest-before dates: Apr 2021, May 2021
Branston Original PicklePack size: 310 gBest-before dates: Jan 2022, Feb 2022
Branston Small ChunkPack size: 2.55 kgBest-before date: May 2021
Branston Small ChunkPack size: 520 gBest-before dates: Feb 2022, Mar 2022
Branston Small ChunkPack size: 360 gBest-before date: Feb 2022
Branston Squeezy Smooth PicklePack size: 355 gBest-before date: Jan 2022
Branston Smooth PicklePack size: 370 gBest-before dates: Jan 2022, Feb 2022
How to get your money back
If you have purchased an affected jar of Branston Small Chunk Pickle you can return it to your nearest store. You do not need to bring a receipt, and will receive a full refund from the staff.
If you ordered a catering size pack, you can inform your supplier directly and receive credit or a refund from them.
If you need any further information, you can contact Branston on 0800 157 7032, or visit their website here.
Food product recalls explained
According to the Food Standards Authority, if there is a problem with a food product that means it should not be sold, then it might be ‘withdrawn’. This means that the product is taken off the shelves so that no more of it can be sold.
The FSA might also decide to ‘recall’ the food, meaning that it is withdrawn from shelves, and customers are also asked to return the product to the shop where they bought it.
The FSA issues Product Withdrawal Information Notices and Product Recall Information Notices to let consumers and local authorities know about problems associated with food.
In some cases, a ‘Food Alert for Action’ is issued. This provides local authorities with details of specific action to be taken on behalf of consumers.