Food safety breaches cost biscuit maker £6,000
9 Apr 2019
Belfast Magistrates’ Court today, Nevis Bakery Limited from Inverness-Shire in
Scotland was sentenced after pleading guilty to a complaint of failing to
provide information on an allergenic ingredient, namely eggs, on a product
called ‘Empire’ biscuits.
also pleaded guilty to placing food (the same biscuit) that was deemed unsafe
and considered injurious to health to a specific category of consumers on the
market. They were fined a total of £6,000 and ordered to pay over £3,000 legal
prosecution was taken by Belfast City Council after it received a complaint
that a young child had suffered an anaphylactic
reaction after eating an Empire biscuit, a product of Nevis Bakery. The child
who is allergic to eggs was hospitalised as a result of the adverse effects of
eating the biscuit.
City Council worked in partnership with the Local Authority in Scotland to
ensure a UK-wide product recall was launched and the biscuit was removed from
Bakery have since reissued Empire biscuits with the correct allergen
information and ingredients clearly listed on the packaging.
can find more information on allergens legislation on the Food Standards Agency
website and Safe Food website.