Various Kiwi sugar products recalled after lead contamination detected

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Chelsea Sugar NZ has put out a major recall for two of its popular baking products.

Chelsea's soft brown sugar and raw sugar have been detected with lead contamination during routine testing.

The recall affects eight Chelsea products: 

  • Chelsea brand Raw Sugar (500g, 1.2kg, and 4kg)
  • Chelsea brand Soft Brown Sugar (500g and 1kg)
  • Pams brand Raw Sugar (1kg)
  • Pams brand Soft Brown Sugar (1kg)
  • Woolworths brand Raw Sugar (500g and 1kg)
  • Woolworths brand Brown Sugar (500g and 1kg)

Anyone who bought any of these products between October 1 and November 4, 2021 is advised not to consume these products and can return them to the point of purchase for a full refund.

NZ Sugar CEO Bernard Duignan says low-level contamination was detected following routine testing.

"As soon as we identified a potential problem, we contacted New Zealand Food Safety for its assistance to assess test results," he said.

"Through our investigation the contamination appears to have occurred in the supply chain enroute to New Zealand through a single bulk ship delivery that had previously been used for transporting other materials."

He said consumers who have purchased these products shouldn't consume them.

"The advice of New Zealand Food Safety is that the immediate food safety risk from these products is low, however if you have consumed these products and have any concerns about your health, seek medical advice."

NZ Sugar apologised to its customers and consumers for the inconvenience caused by the recall, and invited them to contact Chelsea Sugar on 0800 800 617 if they had any questions.

See more information at the MPI website.