The FSA announced late last week that it was taking urgent action to withdraw Spanish olive-pomace oil from sale as a result of information received from the Spanish government who have banned the oil on safety grounds. Local authorities have been asked to ensure the information is shared locally.
Merton Environmental Health Department has sent out over 800 letters to Borough retailers and caterers advising them not to use or sell the product. Spanish authorities have found that the oil contains high levels of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHS), which are widespread environmental pollutants that include chemicals that could cause cancer.
Geoffrey Podger, Chief Executive of the FSA has stressed that: “This does not relate to any other types of olive oil, nor to non-Spanish olive-pomace oils. We will be working closely with the food industry over the next few days to identify any other products that may be affected and will take appropriate action”
Further information can be found on the Food Standards Agency helpline, 0845 0000048, which is open 9am until 6pm, or through its website, http://www.foodstandards.gov.uk.
PRESS CONTACT – Kirstin Rowan