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Warning over 'toxic' peanut paste

PUBLISHED: 17:48 22 July 2009 | UPDATED: 10:59 06 July 2010

A warning was issued today for people not to eat a peanut butter spread which might be toxic.

A warning was issued today for people not to eat a peanut butter spread which might be toxic.

Norfolk County Council Trading Standards' Officers are warning people not to eat a peanut butter spread or peanut paste which could have levels of the toxin Aflatoxin which are too high.

Groundnut products manufactured by Mardoro Ltd and Jesu Aka Ltd have been found to contain excessively high levels of Aflatoxins.

Norfolk Trading Standards' Officers are currently trying to identify Norfolk retailers which may stock the brands of peanut butter spread and peanut paste.

To date, these products have not been found in Norfolk.

Aflatoxins are naturally found in some foods, and are produced by certain moulds that grow on foods in tropical and sub-tropical countries.

However, there may be an increased risk of cancer in people whose diets include high levels of Aflatoxins.

The products also fail to comply with food labelling legislation.

Anybody who has bought peanut butter or the peanut paste manufactured by Jesu Aka or the Active brand made by Mardoro Ltd, should return it to the shop they bought it from for a refund, or dispose of it.

They are also asked to contact Consumer Direct on 08454 040506 with details of where and when the product was purchased. Businesses needing advice can telephone 0344 8008013.

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