Public health authorities are trying to put two and two together as they attempt to work out how a small calculator ended up contaminating a batch of hot cross buns at an Adelaide supermarket.
The Pasadena Foodland in Adelaide’s inner south on Monday issued an urgent recall of buns packed on Sunday after pieces of plastic were found inside them.
It has since been determined the pieces were from a small calculator, but it remains unclear how that ended up as part of the Easter baking process.
“The exact circumstances surrounding how a calculator ended up in a batch of hot cross bun dough is still being investigated, but there is no evidence of a deliberate act,” SA Health said in a statement.
Food recall – SA only. The Chapley Group is recalling hot cross bun products produced on 07 April due to the possible presence of foreign matter. The products have been available for sale at Pasadena Foodland in SA. #FoodRecallAU More at https://t.co/HfWt4R9eJ9
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The plastic was discovered by a customer who made a complaint to South Australian company the Chapley Group, which operates the supermarket.
SA Health acting chief public health officer Chris Lease said there had been no reports of harm or injury.
“The concern with a calculator is that it contains a button battery which, if swallowed, can cause serious injury or even death,” Dr Lease said.
“The Chapley Group is proactively working with SA Health and Food Standards Australia-New Zealand to notify customers who may have purchased the affected products.
“We urge anyone who may have purchased the affected hot cross buns check the ‘packed on’ date, not to consume them, and return them to Pasadena Foodland for a full refund.”
SA Health said the recall applied to the following products, which were produced on April 7:
- Choc chip hot cross buns six pack
- Cranberry and white choc hot cross buns six pack
- Hot cross buns six pack
- Hot cross buns large loose
- Hot cross buns fruitless six pack
- Mini hot cross buns 12 pack
- Mini choc chip hot cross buns 12 pack
- Premium hot cross buns 500g
- Various weights, six or 12 in a pack (packed on April 7)
Concerned consumers have been advised to contact the Chapley Group on (08) 8374 5000.