‘No evidence nuts being substituted for cumin’
‘Incorrect to conclude there’s deliberate adulteration in the food chain’
Sligo News File Online.
The Food Safety Authority has said there is no evidence to suggest that nuts are being substituted for cumin in the food chain.
This follows a statement by Sinn Fein MEP, Lynn Boylan who referred to the withdrawal of foods “thought to contain nuts instead of cumin seeds from a supermarket chain in Ireland.”
Expressing concern, Ms. Boylan said “the possibility that nut shells have been substituted for cumin seeds as a result of a global shortage of cumin is particularly worrying given the potential for allergic reaction to the peanuts.
“While it is too early to say if this is definitely a case of fraud or accidental, it once again highlights the complexities of modern food production chains and the need for an early warning system.”
However, the Food Safety Authority today said there was “no evidence to suggest that nuts are being substituted for cumin in the food chain.”
The authority said that “on the back of one food allergen alert issued on Saturday, it is incorrect to conclude that there’s deliberate adulteration in the food chain.
“From time to time, accidental cross contamination can occur and if this happens, the mislabelled products are recalled.
“The FSAI will work closely with its counterparts in the UK in the interest of protecting public health to ensure that the problem identified in the UK does not happen again.”