Häagen-Dazs has recalled mini ice cream cups after they were contaminated with a fumigant, the Department of Primary Industries says.
Häagen-Dazs has recalled mini ice cream cups after they were contaminated with a fumigant, the Department of Primary Industries said.
The ministry said in a food recall warning that only the vanilla flavor of Häagen-Dazs 95ml mini cups sold in a four-pack was recalled by importer General Mills, after low levels of ethylene oxide were found in the product.
Ethylene oxide has been used as a fumigant to control post-harvest insects, molds and pathogens in a variety of foods, the advisory said.
The use of ethylene oxide on foods was being phased out in New Zealand and other countries. Due to the low concentration of the chemical, the acute food safety risk in this case was low, the ministry said. For the risk to be a real health problem, the exposure to the fumigant had to be continuous and over a long period.
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Only packages with expiration dates between July 4, 2022 and July 21, 2023 have been recalled and no other Haagen-Dazs flavors have been affected in New Zealand. However, General Mills has recalled Häagen-Dazs vanilla ice cream in 457ml containers in Australia only, citing the same reason in an Australian food recall warning from General Mills.
The product was imported from France and sold at Pak ‘n Save, New World, Four Square and Gilmours stores across the North Island.
Customers were asked to check the date mark on the base of the individual mini cup or on the side of the box.
The affected product should not be consumed and customers have been advised to return the product to their retailer for a full refund.