Packs of pain au chocolats have been urgently recalled over concerns they might contain mould. Food safety watchdogs have placed a ‘do not eat’ alert on the pastries made by St Pierre.
Officials at the Food Standards Agency (FSA) say the ‘possible presence of mould may make the product unsafe to eat’.
Three batches of the pain au chocolats are being recalled.
Products with the best before dates 17/09/23, 25/09/23 and 01/10/23 are all potentially contaminated.
The French pastry is sold at Sainsbury’s and Ocado in packs of six for around £2.25.
St Pierre also urges customers to check the best before dates of any pastries they may have in the freezer.
The manufacturer is encouraging customers who have purchased the affected pain au chocolats to take them back to their nearest store where they will be given a full refund.
St Pierre are encouraging customers who have purchased the affected pain au chocolates to take them back to their nearest store where they will be given a full refund
Customers do not need a receipt to get a refund of this item.
Only pain au chocolats sold in packs of six with these best before dates are affected.
St Pierre has apologised to its customers for any inconvenience caused and issued point-of-sale notices to their customers.
The FSA advises against salvaging mouldy food such as bread.
This is because food that is porous can also be contaminated below the surface.
The NHS also warns that mould can spoil food and may cause illness, such as diarrhoea or vomiting, from the toxins they produce.