Recall round-up: Folic acid spray, vegan protein bars & slimming tablets

By Will Chu

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Recalls: Folic acid spray, vegan protein bars & slimming aid

Related tags: recall, Folic acid, vegan, slimming

As the industry enters the final few weeks of 2020, the raft of products, ingredients and extracts to incur the wrath of authorities does not let up as NutraIngredients presents a round-up of food alerts involving a folic acid spray, vegan protein bars and slimming tablets.
Folic Acid Spray
©BetterYou

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland kick off this month’s proceedings with a recall of an oral spray designed to provide users with 400 microgram (μg) daily dosage of folic acid.

The manufacturer BetterYou is recalling the product due to diminishing levels of folic acid as the firm states the product’s active shelf-life of two years can no longer be supported.

BetterYou has suspended the production and sale of the product while the firm investigates the matter further adding that point-of-sale recall notices will be displayed in stores selling the implicated batch.

The product in question, ‘BetterYou Folic Acid Daily Oral Spray, pack size: 25ml,’ contains the batch code is ‘02T0190,’ with a best before date of ‘01/02/2022’ and country of origin as the United Kingdom.

Undeclared ingredient

Star Nutrition Vegan bars

The Norwegian Food Safety Authority (Mattilsynet) is up next with a couple of recall notices in the run up to Christmas.

The authority is recalling a number of vegan protein bars from the market after the discovery of undeclared milk contained in the products, which is likely to be responsible for an allergic reaction reported by a consumer.

Tests by Swedish authorities detected milk in the Dark Chocolate Raspberry and Chocolate Caramel flavours.

For safety reasons, the decision was made to also recall the Chocolate peanut flavour as this product may also contain milk protein.

The withdrawal applies to the following items:

Star nutrition vegan chocolate peanut item number ‘8669’ with batch ‘91426’

Star nutrition vegan chocolate caramel part number ‘8667’med batch ‘91428’

Star nutrition vegan dark chocolate raspberry article number ‘8668’ with batch ‘91430’

In the recall notice, the authority said that the items are sold in unknown quantities at such places as SIS Sportsenter AS in Stavanger and e-retailers such as Gymgrossisten to customers throughout Norway.

They add that it is possible the products are sold from other websites or stores across the country, advising consumers with milk allergies to dispose of the products or return them to the point of sale.

‘Throw it away’

Li Da Capsules

Finally, the authority has also issued a warning to consumers concerning the dietary supplement ‘Li Da Daidaihua capsules,’ currently marketed as a slimming product.

“The Norwegian Food Safety Authority has received notification from the Spanish authorities that the product contains the illegal substance sibutramine and can be linked to a death in Spain,”​ the notice states.

“The product is sold via several foreign websites / online retailers to private individuals. The Norwegian Food Safety Authority does not know of any sales of the product in Norway, but we have information that Norwegian consumers can order the product from foreign websites.

“Consumers are encouraged to throw away the product.”

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