Sugar "not fit for human consumption," recalled

The Ministry of Health has recalled bags of sugar sold in Samoa from the Ascent Group in India, saying they are not fit for human consumption.

The recall notice was issued by the Ministry in a statement signed by the Director General of Health, Leausa Dr. Take Naseri. The decision follows concerns expressed about the cleanliness and safety of the sugar products, on social media by a shop owner from the island of Savai’i.

 “Pursuant to the Food Act 2015, the Ministry of Health hereby recalls all bags of sugar with the following information are not to be sold to the public,” the statement reads.

The recalled sags of sugar come from India, weighing 50kgs and with the production date March 2020 and the expiry date being February 2022. Supplied to Samoa by the Ascent Group, the manufacturer been identified as Vitthalrao Shinde SSK Ltd.

“The public is hereby advised that the recalled food product is not fit for human consumption,” the statement reads.

  “The local suppliers, all wholesalers, supermarkets and retail outlets are immediately advised not to sell, distribute and use bags of 50k Indian Brown Sugar with the labelling information stated above.  

“The Ministry of Health requests the co-operation of all food businesses and the public in this important matter.”

Members of the public are asked to contact Mae’e Ualesi Silva on telephone 66510 or Edward Brown on telephone 66726 for further information.

For Savaii please, the public is asked to contact Tunufai Pulu on 51018.


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