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Posted On: 4 April 2022 05:32 pm
Updated On: 5 April 2022 10:31 am

Ministry warns public on consumption of Frozen Pizza brand Buitoni due to possibility of contamination

Tracy Quirino
Tracy Quirino
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The Ministry of Public Health has taken precautions on a frozen pizza brand, Buitoni, which originated from France. It is suspected that the product, during a specific production process, has been contaminated with the Shiga toxin produced by the E. coli bacteria.

Upon being notified by the European warning system, RASFF, the Ministry of Public Health communicated with the supplier to withdraw suspected items from the markets, verified that the markets were free of them, and drew samples for laboratory analysis. As laboratory results from the ministry's central food laboratory showed, all samples examined were free of the toxins referred to in the notification as well as their safety and conformity to the requirements of the relevant technical regulations and standard specifications.

As part of the additional precautionary measures, the ports were advised not to release any suspected pizzas until samples had been withdrawn and their safety and validity for human consumption had been established.

It also calls on citizens and residents not to consume any suspected type of pizza detailed below and to review its health centre if any symptoms related to food poisonings such as fever or diarrhoea are suspected.

Source and cover image credit: MOPH