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Another recall: Shufersal says some of its biscuits contaminated with nylon

Announcement follows massive recall of Strauss Group food products due to potential salmonella

Illustrative: People outside a Shufersal supermarket in Safed on April 6, 2020. (David Cohen/Flash90)
Illustrative: People outside a Shufersal supermarket in Safed on April 6, 2020. (David Cohen/Flash90)

The Shufersal supermarket chain said Sunday it was recalling biscuits it markets under its own brand due to fears of nylon fibers in the baked goods.

The chain said it feared the fibers had accidentally entered the biscuits during production, and it was collecting the products from stores “out of caution.”

The products in question were Shufersal petit beurre biscuits (500 g) and Shufersal chocolate petit beurre biscuits (500 g) expiring between October 1 and October 13, 2022.

“Products in other date ranges are sound and there is no concern in consuming them,” the company said.

The recall comes on the heels of a massive recall of products made by the Strauss Group, one of Israel’s leading food producers.

Some of Strauss’s food products were tainted with salmonella. The recall was first announced on Monday, and expanded over several days to include a wide range of chocolates, wafers, cakes, cookies, ice cream, gum and candy.

It is believed to be one of the largest recalls in Israel’s history.

The problem originated at a Strauss factory in Nof Hagalil. On Thursday, Health Ministry director Nachman Ash said the factory would be shut down for three months while work was undertaken to investigate and repair the damage.

In its Sunday report, the Health Ministry slammed Strauss for a series of oversights and failures that it believes led to the spread of salmonella at the factory.

According to the Health Ministry, out of 300 samples taken so far from the factory in question, about 30 have come back positive for traces of salmonella.

The ministry cited a range of issues that it blamed on Strauss, including construction work at the factory that was undertaken without concern for its effects on production; an infiltration of pigeons into the factory that could potentially have played a role; the unfilled role of a director of food safety at the factory; and improper thawing conditions for dairy fats used in chocolate production.

It also noted that as of Sunday morning, 21 people in Israel have reported salmonella poisoning symptoms who are believed to have consumed affected products.

The Health Ministry said there was no connection between the salmonella contamination at the Strauss factory and a similar contamination in Belgium affecting Kinder chocolate eggs.

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