Belgium Recalls Shan Brand Spices Over Ethylene Oxide Concerns

The Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain of Belgium’s website does not provide information on product distribution outside of Belgium.


Belgium Recalls Shan Brand Spices Over Ethylene Oxide Concerns

The Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain of Belgium has issued a notice to inform the public about a recall of Shan brand Lahori Charga spices in Belgium. The recall is prompted by the presence of ethylene oxide, a substance that raises safety concerns.

Ethylene oxide is not permitted for use in food products due to its potential adverse effects on human health. The recall serves to ensure the safety of consumers and prevent any potential risks associated with the consumption of the affected spices.

Recalled product:
Product name: Lahori Charga
Brand: Shan
Batch: 0182202222
Best before date (BDD): 06/01/2025
Weight: 50g

The website of Belgium’s Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain provides specific details about the product that is being recalled, such as the brand (Shan), the specific variant (Lahori Charga spices), and the reason for the recall (presence of ethylene oxide). However, the website does not provide information on the distribution of the product outside of Belgium.

The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) is contacting the appropriate authority while looking into whether the impacted product has been imported to Hong Kong.

The affected product was not found to be sold locally or imported, according to preliminary investigation. It is not impossible to acquire the product through an online purchase or international travel.

Customers should not use the product and should instead discard it. The CFS will continue to be on guard, keep an eye out for any fresh developments, and respond appropriately when called for.
The CFS is still looking into things.

The Hong Kong government’s food safety authority is called the Centre for Food Safety. Its goal is to ensure that food is secure and fit for consumption through triangular cooperation between the executive branch, the food industry, and consumers. The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department of the Environment and Ecology Bureau established the CFS in May 2006.

Following several food safety incidents, including an outbreak of Streptococcus suis and freshwater fish tainted with malachite green, plans to establish a separate agency to focus on food safety were put forth in 2005. When it was first conceived, the centre was supposed to have a structure akin to the Centre for Health Protection and bring together specialists from various fields to address issues related to food safety.