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Markets free from infected peanut butter: ADFCA

Abu Dhabi, October 3, 2012

Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA) has confirmed that the Abu Dhabi markets are free from the contaminated peanut butter soft cream manufactured by Trader Joe’s, a US brand.

After news spread publically about the possibility of the product being contaminated with the Salmonella bacteria, the company pulled its product from several countries.

Mohamed Jalal Al Reyaysa, director of Communications and Community Service at ADFCA said that the concerned inspection unit took swift action upon receipt of international reports indicating the existence of health risks from consuming this product.

He pointed out that a comprehensive market scan campaign was led by the inspection unit to check the product availability at local outlets that proven not.

He added that the initial results so far ensure the absence of any contaminated peanut butter cream product with the bacterium Salmonella and that it is still being sought to confirm the absence of the product from stores across the Emirate.

Reyaysa confirmed that authority unit will continue following up, through its membership at network of the International Food Safety Authorities, all the issues and problems of food at a worldwide level and will always carry out all precautionary procedures upon receipt of any news about the possibility of the occurrence of health damage due to any food product, this includes suppliers and major outlets and others.

He also called for the public to communicate with the authority at all times with regards to food, whether through social networking sites, via the official website or the Abu Dhabi Government Contact Centre or by visiting the headquarters of the authority to provide service to the fullest. – TradeArabia News Service

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