Salmon products ranging through wet-fish, smoked salmon and fish pies, have been removed from shelves and recalled by supermarkets due to contaminations with diesel.
The source of the problem has been traced to the seafood company Marine Harvest – one of the world’s biggest salmon farmers – which operates in the west Highlands and supplies fish to Morrisons and Young’s Seafood Ltd. The company said the fresh fish could have been tainted by the diesel – possibly from a vehicle – during transportation to a nearby processing plant.
The problem was first noticed when consumers complained of an unpleasant “white spirit” taste. Thousands of salmon products have been recalled from ten supermarket chains. The salmon recall is the latest in a long line of food alerts similar to the Tuna story we reported recently.
As well as producing its own brand salmon, Young’s Seafood Ltd produces salmon for other retailers nationwide to sell under their own label, which is why the recall has affected so many supermarkets.
Ten supermarkets, including Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons, have had to withdraw products ranging from Tesco’s salmon en croute to Co-op’s salmon fillets.
The FSA said the affected salmon was not thought to be dangerous but the white spirit taint would give the fish an unpleasant taste. A FSA statement read: “The chemicals causing the problem are present at low levels and are very unlikely to be a risk to health.”
Supermarkets recall salmon over contamination: Guardian 16 Feb 2008
Salmon products tainted by diesel recalled: Telegraph 16 Feb 2008
More Scottish salmon withdrawn: FSA 15 Feb 2008