Woolworths issues urgent recall of sausages sold in Australian state due to plastic pollution fears
- Supermarket withdrew from the market market value of 24 fine beef sausages 1.8 kg packages
- Products may contain plastic
- Poisoning can occur from swallowing plastic.
Woolworths has issued an urgent sausage recall at its Western Australian stores.
The supermarket giant has warned that the 24 1.8kg thin veal sausages sold between February 22 and March 1 could contain plastic.
Products containing plastic can cause injury and illness if swallowed.
“Consumers should not eat this product and return it to the nearest Woolworths Supermarket for a full refund,” Woolworths said in a statement.
Woolworths has issued an urgent warning to recall sausages at its Western Australian stores
‘Any customer concerned about their health should see a doctor.
‘Woolworths takes product safety very seriously and apologizes for any inconvenience caused by this recall.
“Customers can call the toll-free customer service number for more information on 1800 103 515.”
Poisoning can occur from swallowing plastic, with shortness of breath and rapid breathing – symptoms of illness.
It comes after Coles and Woolworths were told to dispose of 5,200 tonnes of soft plastics in a landfill after their recycling program was found to be secretly storing the waste in warehouses.
The supermarket warned that the 24 1.8kg fine beef sausages sold between February 22 and March 1 could contain plastic.
The NSW Environmental Protection Authority issued the orders to supermarkets after discovering that REDcycle was stockpiling soft plastics at 15 warehouses and storage depots across the state, rather than recycling them as intended.
REDcycle had donation bins at thousands of Coles and Woolworths stores across Australia and halted its recycling operations several months ago, but continued to collect soft plastics.
The recycling program claimed it was collecting up to five million pieces of plastic every day from supermarkets and other partners, including Australia Post.
The mission to dispose of plastics in landfills is expected to cost supermarkets more than $3.5 million.
The EPA and Fire Rescue NSW are now concerned about potential fire threats from waste stockpiles in 11 local government areas, although their whereabouts remain unknown.