Plastic risk in frozen berry packages: Finnish Food Authority's warning

Plastic risk in frozen berry packages: Finnish Food Authority's warning

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The Finnish Food Authority has issued a cautionary notice after the discovery of plastic particles in several frozen berry packages, as reported by Finnish news sources. The plastic fragments are believed to originate from the boxes used for harvesting strawberries and have been found in products distributed by Arctic International, a berry distributor.

These affected frozen berries have been available for purchase under various brand names, including Pirkka, Menu, Marjex, and Lidl, and have been sold in retail outlets throughout the country.

The recall specifically pertains to frozen berry products, predominantly strawberries, with best-by dates set in spring or summer 2025. For detailed information on the list of recalled products, concerned consumers can refer to the Finnish Food Authority's official website (currently available in Finnish language only).

In light of this situation, the Finnish Food Authority advises consumers who have purchased the affected products to seek reimbursement. They are encouraged to contact the respective grocery store chains from which the items were bought to facilitate the refund process.

The Finnish Food Authority is taking the necessary steps to address the issue and is working closely with relevant parties to ensure food safety standards are upheld and consumer wellbeing is protected.

Frozen raspberries credit Abi Porter (CC BY 2.0)
Frozen raspberries © Abi Porter (CC BY 2.0)

Plastic contamination in packaging

Plastic contamination in packaging has become a growing concern globally due to its potential adverse impact on the environment and human health. Improper disposal and recycling of plastic packaging can lead to plastic waste entering water bodies, soil, and wildlife habitats, contributing to pollution and endangering marine life. As a result, various industries are increasingly striving to adopt sustainable and eco-friendly packaging alternatives to reduce their ecological footprint and promote responsible consumption practices.

Governments and organisations worldwide are also implementing measures to encourage the reduction, reuse, and recycling of plastic materials to combat the environmental challenges posed by plastic contamination.

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