By Mark Fairlie

A string of popular pastries are being pulled from supermarket shelves across the country as the Food Standards Agency (FSA) warn they could contain chunks of metal wire.

Tesco, Aldi and Nisa are among those urgently recalling their own branded sausage rolls, pies and pastries due to the contamination risk.

Why have the pastry products been recalled?

These top supermarket chains all have their own-brand products made for them by Addo Food Group, as well as branded products produced under the well-known Walls and Millers brand. This is where the metal contamination risk is thought to have originated.

Customer notices for product recalls by Aldi, Walls and Millers savoury pastries state that none of their finished products have actually been found to contain any metal, but “as a precautionary measure” they are asking all customers “not to consume the products and return the product to [their] nearest store”.

Which products are being recalled?

A total of 59 pastry products are being recalled from these retailers. Tesco is by far the most affected by the contamination risk, with as many as 22 different food products sold in its stores having to be removed from their shelves.

In the online statement, the government’s Food Standards Agency said that

“Addo Food Group is recalling batches of chilled pastry products, including sausage rolls, pasties, pastry pies and slices because of potential contamination with small pieces of metal wire.”

The widespread recall covers a specific batch of own-brand pies, pastries and sausage rolls produced by any of Addo Food Group’s six locations across the UK. Those thought to be affected will have use-by dates ranging between 4th June and 12th June, such as:

  • Nisa Heritage beef pasty, 150g, use by June 8
  • Walls cheese & onion roll 130g, use by June 6 to 12
  • Aldi 10pk snack Lincolnshire sausage rolls, 300g, use by June 5 to 11
  • Eastman’s Deli Tesco chicken & mushroom slice, 150g, use by June 6, 7, 9, 12
  • Tesco sweet potato and goats cheese puff pastry lattice pie, 200g, June 6 to 9

Top supermarkets recall pastries that ‘may contain metal’

The full list of the affected products is available on the FSA website.

It is important to note that the contamination risk lies in the pastry used in these products, regardless of the other ingredients they may contain. This means both products containing meat and vegetarian pastries could be affected.

What can you do if you have purchased an item on the list?

Whilst Addo Food Group is recalling potentially contaminated products themselves, individual retailers supplied by Addo are also carrying out their own product recalls within their stores.

The Food Standard Agency’s statement also added

“If you have bought any of the products above, do not eat them. Instead, please return the affected products to the retail store where a full refund will be given.”

The retailers have also stated that all products affected have been removed from shelves and that customers can return any items on the FSA list to their stores without receipts for a full refund.