Punnets of sliced mushrooms have been recalled from across the country due to safety fears about the potential presence of large pieces of white plastic.
Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) alerted consumer on Friday that 200 gram, 375g and 500g punnets with best before or use by dates up to and including July 19, 2018 are affected.
The punnets from Australia's largest supplier of pre-packed mushrooms producer Costa Mushrooms Exchange are on sale in Coles, Woolworths, Aldi and independent supermarkets and greengrocers in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania and the ACT.
The food recall notice states there is a “potential hazard” if the plastic pieces are swallowed.
Customers should return the packs to the store of purchase for a refund.
In a statement Costa said: “Following discovery of damage to plastic rollers on a packaging line at its Victorian mushroom production facility, the Costa Mushroom category has issued a consumer alert advising that some punnets of sliced mushrooms could contain large pieces of white plastic, and that the product is being recalled.
“As soon as the issue was detected, even though there were no reported incidents, Costa advised food safety authorities of the intention to conduct a recall, and retailers were notified to withdraw the product from sale.”
However, Costa has played down safety fears.
“While the probability of consumer impact is extremely low, and the large pieces of white inert plastic would be highly visible, consumers who have not used the sliced mushrooms are advised to return the product to the store of purchase to receive a full refund.”
The company said bagged sliced mushrooms sold under the Coles, Woolworths, Karidale (Aldi) or Costa brand were not affected.
The affected products include:
Find more information at Food Standards Australia New Zealand food recalls website.
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