Health chiefs issue NI food alert
Posted Mon, 02 Apr 2012
A food warning has gone out across Northern Ireland after a food chemical manufacturer was placed under investigation.
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has instructed companies and individuals not to use chemicals purchased for use in the food production process from Mistral Laboratory Chemicals.
Mistral Northern Ireland is a small chemical manufacturer based in Antrim. Its chemical products are most commonly added to food and are often found in salts. However, the company has been placed under investigation after a woman died in an Italian private medical clinic.
A statement released by the FSA said that chemicals for food use supplied by Mistral should not be used until a thorough investigation has been completed. The statement added: "There have been no reported food-related incidents in the UK linked to products supplied by Mistral and the FSA is issuing this warning as a precaution."
The FSA has advised people who possess chemicals supplied by Mistral to contact their environmental health officer as soon as possible. The FSA also said that preparations were under way with local authorities in Northern Ireland to arrange for the disposal of the products.
Copyright Press Association 2012