The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is advising companies and individuals who have bought chemicals used for food production from a company called Mistral Laboratory Chemicals not to use them.
The company, based in Antrim, Northern Ireland, sells products from its website and also through other sites such as eBay. The company has voluntarily ceased distribution of its food grade products.
Italian authorities are investigating the circumstances of the recent death of a woman at a private medical clinic in Italy. Products for food use supplied by Mistral have been implicated in that investigation.
However, enquiries are still ongoing. There have been no reported food related incidents in the UK linked to products supplied by Mistral, and the FSA is issuing this warning as a precaution.
The FSA is advising people to inform their local environmental health officer immediately if they have any of these food grade chemicals; the FSA is working with the local authorities to arrange disposal of these products.
The FSA will provide more information as it becomes available.
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