Three popular hot dogs sold in UK supermarkets have been recalled by a food company amid safety fears. Kepak Foods has issued the warning regarding its hot dog products due to ineffective packaging seals. The fault could mean that the products have a shorter shelf life than the label suggests, affecting the quality of the product.
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Which product is affected?
Kepak Foods have recalled three items due to a fault with the seal on the packaging.
Specific batches of the Rustlers Classic Hot Dog, Rustlers 2 Classic Hot Dogs and Feasters Hot Dog have been recalled by the company.
The products are sold in many of the big supermarkets, including Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Morrisons, Iceland and Asda.
The recall affects only certain batches of each product, which are suspected to have a problem with their packaging that could mean the products are unsafe to eat.
The recall applies to the Rustlers Classic Hot Dog with a pack size of 146ge, the Rustlers 2 Classic Hot Dogs with a pack size of 271g, and the Feasters Hot Dog with a pack size of 140ge.
However, it only applies to batches with a use by date of June 15 to June 30 2020.
The use by date can be found on the front of the pack, on the bottom left, and the company asks that anyone who has bought the products check whether they are affected.
The recall alert notice states that customers shouldn’t eat the affected products, but instead apply for a refund – which you can do directly with the company or by taking it into your local store.
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Shoppers don’t need a receipt to receive their refund in store, as supermarkets will be aware of the issue.
The Food Standards Agency shared the alert, stating: “If you have bought any of the above products do not eat them.
“Instead contact Kepak Foods on 0800 760 067 or rustlersonline.com or feasters.com.
“Alternatively, if you are making an essential trip to the store where you bought the product from, you can return the item in-store for a full refund.”
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Sainsbury’s also issued the recall notice on its website, stating: “It has been brought to our attention that due to a possible seal integrity problem which could affect the shelf life of the product, the above product has been recalled.
“We are asking customers who have purchased this product to return it to their nearest Sainsbury’s store for a full refund when they next visit for groceries and other essentials.
“For any concerns or queries or if you are vulnerable, shielding or otherwise unable to return the product to store then please contact Kepak’s Careline on 0800 760 067 or by email to [email protected]
“No other products have been affected by this issue. We would like to apologise for the inconvenience this may cause.”
The other supermarkets that sell the hot dogs haven’t issued specific recalls, but any customers who have bought the hot dogs are advised to check the use by dates to see if they’ve got the affected batch.
Point of sale notices will also be put up in any supermarkets selling the hot dog products to warn customers of the recall and instruct them on what to do next.
Food recalls are issued when there are problems with a product that mean it should not be sold, either causing it to be “withdrawn” from the shelves or “recalled” from shoppers who are asked to return the items.
The alerts are shared when there are safety fears such as undeclared allergens or problems with packaging or foreign objects in the food.
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