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Tesco withdraws brown rice

Tesco has withdrawn two batches of its own-brand wholegrain brown rice because they might be contaminated with insects. The Agency has issued a Food Alert for Information.

Tesco has withdrawn the affected rice from sale and will be issuing shelf notices in its stores. These notices will tell customers to contact the Customer Service Desk to find out why the product has been withdrawn and what they can do if they have already bought the affected product.

Product details

The product being withdrawn is:

  • Tesco wholegrain brown rice, 1kg
  • Best before: 15 September 2011 and 16 September 2011


No other Tesco products are known to be affected.

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If there is a problem with a food product that means it should not be sold, then it might be 'withdrawn' (taken off the shelves) or 'recalled' (when customers are asked to return the product).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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