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JM | Jul 20, 2022

Pesticide traces trigger urgent Häagen-Dazs ice cream recall in Jamaica

Gavin Riley

Gavin Riley / Our Today

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Affected Häagen-Dazs vanilla ice cream products being recalled across Australia, New Zealand and most recently Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago and Antigua and Barbuda. (Photo: General Mills)

A voluntary recall of select Häagen-Dazs vanilla ice cream products has been announced by the Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC) in Jamaica. 

The CAC, in a statement last night (July 19), said that the Ministry of Agriculture received an urgent notification from the European Union Rapid Alert for Dangerous non-Food Products (EU-RASFF) for the popular brand’s immediate withdrawal from sales and distribution points across Jamaica. 

The alert indicated that a “serious level of trace amounts of the pesticide ethylene oxide” was detected in two batches of the product. 

According to the CAC, the product recall affects Häagen-Dazs’ plain vanilla variations, including pints (473 ml), quarts (946 ml), minicups (95 ml), half gallons (0.5 gals) and bulk (2.5 gals) formats. The products also bear best before/expiry dates between July 5, 2022, and July 18, 2023.

“The Consumer Affairs Commission is urging consumers to check refrigerators at home, school or any other institution, for the item involved in the recall as described above for the best before or expiry dates,” the entity advised.

“Consumers in possession of these products are advised to cease further use and return same to the point of purchase, for a full refund. Also, consumers who shop online are to be aware of the product descriptions that are included and avoid ordering for home delivery,” the CAC added.

Winsynco, the distributor of Häagen-Dazs in Jamaica, is stated to be complying with the voluntary recall of the ice cream brand.

Our Today reported last Wednesday that authorities in Guyana, Trinidad and Antigua announced precautionary recalls of Häagen-Dazs following a statement by Australia-based manufacturer General Mills. 

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