Frozen Jona Red Tilapia Fish urgently recalled by FSAI due to safety concerns

A batch of frozen fish has been urgently recalled from supermarkets over food safety concerns.

The Jona Red Tilapia Fish, which is sourced from Vietnam, was recalled due to the presence of the unauthorised substances malachite green and leucomalachite green in the product.

An alert about the recall was issued by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland.

Retailers are requested to remove the implicated batch from sale and to display a point-of-sale recall notice in stores where the affected batch was sold. 

Wholesalers/distributors are requested to contact their affected customers and recall the affected batch and provide a point-of-sale recall notice for their retailer customers. 

Caterers should not use the implicated batch.

The Jona Red Tilapia Fish affected has the batch code VN/472/IV/169 along with the best before date of September 17, 2023.

Malachite green is an unauthorised veterinary medicine that is not permitted in foods in the EU.

This substance can be broken down to form leucomalachite green.

Malachite green was previously used in some countries to treat parasites and fungal and bacterial infections. Although in breach of the Reference Point for Action, the fish in question does not pose an acute risk to health, but there may be an increased risk if there is continued consumption over a long period.

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