Ground cumin of inferior quality withdrawn from market

Ground cumin marketed under the name Natco® Jeera Ground Cumin is being withdrawn from the market due to the inferior microbiological quality of the product. The lots to be withdrawn are packed in 100 g, 400 g, 1 kg and 5 kg packages and their best before dates are 11/2011, 4/2012, 5/2012, 6/2012, 8/2012, 9/2012, 12/2012, 1/2013, 3/2013, 4/2013, 7/2013. The ground cumin has been imported by the Helsinki-based company Laziza Foods Oy and the product has been packed in Great Britain by Natco Foods Ltd.

The ground cumin has been on sale to consumers at least in Helsinki in the Maharaja Afro-Asian Markets at 16 Hämeentie and 5 a Hämeentie. The product has also been marketed to restaurants at least in the Helsinki region as well as in Turku, Tampere and Joensuu.

The inferior quality of the ground cumin was detected when the City of Helsinki Environment Centre investigated a suspected case of food poisoning in a restaurant in Helsinki. The Chief of Environmental Health of the City of Helsinki has ordered the importer to withdraw the product from the market.

The matter is dealt with by:
City of Helsinki Environment Centre
Pirkko Hokkanen, Food Inspector, tel. +358 50 402 6003, pirkko.hokkanen at-merkki.gif : 1Kb hel.fi
Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira
Raija Törmä-Oksanen, tel. +358 20 77 24245, raija.torma-oksanen at-merkki.gif : 1Kb evira.fi

Photo of the product (1kg package)

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