The Rapid Alert System for Non-Food Products (RAPEX)

Alert number: 0878/09

Product:  Kitchen utensils


Batch number / Barcode: 

Type of alert: Serious

Category: Kitchen/cooking accessories

Brand: Marks and Spencer

Type / number of model:  Stainless Steel and Nylon Slotted Spoon - T32 0601G / 0640G. Stainless Steel and Nylon Solid Spoon - T34 0601S / 0640S. Stainless Steel and Nylon Ladle - T34 0601L / 0640L. Stainless Steel and Nylon Turner - T34 0601T / 0640T. Stainless Steel and Nylon Masher - T34 0601M / 0640M.

Risk type: Chemical
The products pose a chemical risk because they contain Primary Aromatic Amines which are a potential carcinogen. The levels are in excess of the amount permitted under Directive 2002/72/EC on plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with foodstuffs (0.01 mg/kg). Only products from one source are affected but the recall relates to all the utensils.

Measures taken by economic operators: Voluntary recall from consumers by the distributor. (By: Other)

Description:  A selection of stainless steel and nylon kitchen utensils branded as M & S. Other than the above codes there are no further identifiers on the products or their packaging.

Country of origin: China

Alert submitted by: United Kingdom

Products were found and measures were taken also in: Cyprus, Greece