Quorn Foods has recalled more than 15,000 chilled curry ready meals from supermarket shelves in the UK and the Republic of Ireland over fears that they could be contaminated with pieces of flexible rubber.
Consumers who have bought packs of chilled Quorn tikka masala with basmati rice are urged not to eat them and to return the products urgently to the shop where they were bought “because the presence of rubber makes this product unsafe to eat and presents a safety risk”, the Food Standards Agency said.
The widespread recall was initiated after batches of the ready meal – which uses the ultra processed “fake meat” popular with vegetarians – were found to have pieces of rubber in the masala sauce of the chilled 400g products.
The meals which are the subject of the recall are on sale in all UK food retailers other than Waitrose, Ocado, Co-op or Morrisons, and in Republic of Ireland retailers. They have use-by dates of 1, 2 or 3 March 2018.
Quorn insisted that the recall related to a “manufacturing issue” which has now been rectified.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, the company said: “On Monday 12 February 2018, Quorn Foods initiated the recall of 15,660 packs of Quorn Chilled Tikka Masala with Basmati Rice ready-meal 400g. The recall is being initiated because a small number of consumers have reported finding a small piece of flexible rubber in the masala sauce of their product, all with the use-by date of 1 March 2018.” The relevant bar code is 5019503024203.
Quorn added: “The safety and wellbeing of our customers is our number one priority, which is why we instigated this recall as soon as we became aware of the issue. We would stress that this recall relates to a manufacturing issue which has now been rectified.” It said that no other Quorn products are known to be affected.
Sales of Quorn products have steadily increased alongside the growing popularity of meat-free, plant-based diets, and the company reported last week that they leaped globally by 16% last year, with growth in Europe and the US running at 27% and 35% respectively.