Food alert: undeclared celery found in vegetable jars with chicken and rice

by Lorraine Williamson
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MADRID – The Spanish Agency for Food Safety and Nutrition (AESAN) has issued a warning to individuals with celery allergies. This concerns the presence of undeclared celery in vegetable jars with chicken and rice originating from Spain (Reference: ES2023/276).

The agency urges individuals with celery allergies to be cautious, as certain products have been found to contain celery that was not declared on the labelling.

Therefore, as a precautionary measure, individuals with celery allergies who may have the affected product in their homes are strongly advised against consuming it.

The general population faces no risk

It is crucial to note that the consumption of this product poses no risk to the rest of the population. Consequently, the warning is specific to individuals with allergies to celery.

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AESAN became aware of this issue through the Coordinated Rapid Information Exchange System (SCIRI) after receiving an alert from the health authorities in the Community of Madrid. Moreover, the alert highlighted the presence of undeclared celery in vegetable jars with chicken and rice.

The information provided here stems from the company’s self-monitoring efforts. Consequently, the company promptly reported the incident to the relevant authorities. This was adhering to legislation and ensuring that unsafe food products are not made available to the public.

Details of the implicated products:

  • Product Label: Solo verduras de la huerta con pollo y arroz 100% Eco.
  • Brand: HERO.
  • Product Appearance and Packaging: 190g glass jar.
  • Batch Numbers Affected: L 138889SSF. (Only units with the following lid codes are affected: L 138889SSF: 001-1, L 138889SSF: 002-1, L 138889SSF: 003-1).
  • Expiry Date: 06.09.2025

This information has been disseminated through the Coordinated Rapid Information Exchange System (SCIRI) to ensure the removal of the affected products from the market.

Precautionary measures for affected individuals

Once again, those allergic to celery who may have purchased this product are strongly advised against its consumption. It´s therefore, essential to check the batch number and lid code to determine if it´s part of the affected lot.

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