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Shutki Raja Chutney Powder to be withdrawn and destroyed

Shutki Raja Chutney Powder has been produced on unregistered, or possibly unapproved, premises. The Agency has issued a Food Alert for Action asking local authority food law enforcement officers to make sure the chutney is withdrawn from sale and destroyed.

A business must register its premises with the environmental health service at its local authority at least 28 days before opening. In addition, if the business works with certain types of food that might pose a significant risk to consumers, the business must be approved by its local authority. More information about registration and approved premises can be found at the links below.

The Shutki Raja Chutney Powder was previously manufactured in the UK by:

Naga Raja Ltd
15 Argall Avenue
London E10 7QE

Despite enquiries by local authorities in London, it has not been possible to obtain full distribution details or product traceability records for the product because the company no longer trades. However, distribution is believed to be restricted to the London area. This product appears to be distributed, through direct van sales, to businesses that mainly sell ethnic food products.

Product details

The product being withdrawn from sale is 'SHUTKI RAJA Shutki Chutney Powder' (this is printed boldly on an orange and yellow label).

  • The product is understood to be sold in two sizes of glass jars: large (175g) and small (87.5g).
  • The jars have a white lid.
  • 'Best before' date: September 2009

Images of these products can be found at the links below.

Actions to be taken by local authorities

As the composite fish-based products were manufactured on unregistered premises (or possibly unapproved premises), these products do not comply with the requirements of Regulation EC 852/2004 (or Regulation EC 853/2004) and the Food Hygiene (England) Regulations 2006.

If any of these products are found during routine local authority inspections, enforcement officers should make sure that they are withdrawn from sale and destroyed, if necessary using powers under the Food Safety Act 1990 and Regulation 27 of the Food Hygiene (England) Regulations 2006.

It is essential that all non-unitary authorities liaise at county level to ensure that they co-ordinate their actions.

Food alerts

If there is a problem with a food product that means it should not be sold, then it might be 'withdrawn' (taken off the shelves) or 'recalled' (when customers are asked to return the product). Food alerts are the FSA's way of letting local authorities and consumers know about problems associated with food and, in some cases, providing details of specific action to be taken. They are issued under two categories:

  • Food Alerts: for Action
  • Food Alerts: for Information

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