New Zealand Food Safety (NZFS) is supporting Davis Trading Company in its recall of imported poppy seeds that are not intended for sale directly to the public.
“Davis Trading Company sold product directly to consumers when it was intended to be sold only to manufacturers as an ingredient for making other foods,” says NZFS deputy director-general, Vincent Arbuckle.
“The concern with this product is that it contains higher levels of alkaloids.
“There is no evidence to suggest that the product is unsafe for use in normal cooking and baking at home,” Mr Arbuckle said.
However, people who consume large amounts of poppy seeds, including by drinking poppy seed tea, may be at risk, he said.
Anyone who consumes poppy seed tea and experiences any unusual and severe symptoms should seek urgent medical assistance.
“Given the product was not intended to be sold directly to consumers, our advice, if you have any recalled product, is that you return it to the place of purchase. If you’re unable to do that, dispose of it safely,” said Mr Arbuckle.
Poppy seeds from the following brands or stores are affected:
- Davis Food Ingredients
- Attitude Foods
- Bin Inn
- Farm By Nature
- Fresh Line
- Wholesale Foods
The recalled product has been sold at a range of ethnic supermarkets, produce stores and retail outlets throughout New Zealand. NZFS is working with the company to ensure the product is taken off shelves where it is available.
Most of the recalled poppy seeds have already been removed from the supply chain.
The poppy seeds recalled in Australia earlier this month are not available in New Zealand. If you have consumed any of these poppy seeds and are concerned for your health, contact your health professional, or call Healthline on 0800 611 116.