food safety warning ,
HelloFresh has a hack-problem in the United States
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HelloFresh, which sends German meal kits, has a minor problem with minced meat in the United States: Food safety authority FSIS is currently warning that some meat packs in shipped food boxes may be contaminated with coliform bacteria.
Quality Inspectors’ Concern: Customers can still deliver affected batches in the freezer in July. That’s why the FSIS urged consumers to throw away only ground beef.
The US agency investigated the spread of E. coli infection and upon detection it was found to be a raw hack in the HelloFresh meal kit. Officials announced this over the weekend. FSIS refrained from recall on the ground that the affected batches were no longer in the market. The search for the source of the E. coli bacteria will continue.
A spokesperson for HelloFresh said a small proportion of US customers receiving specific amounts of ground beef from a specific supplier were affected. The US Department of Agriculture’s notification is purely a precautionary measure, with the spokesperson saying: “If prepared properly, the product is safe to consume.”
HelloFresh is working closely with the USDA and the affected supplier as part of the investigation. “By the way, our production facilities in the United States are certified with the highest food safety certification, SQF.”
The USA is the most important market for the Berlin start-up company, which is scheduled to leave DAX on 19 September. Shares of the company, which had benefited massively from the corona pandemic with closed premises and home offices, had fallen significantly this year.
Following the announcement from the United States, the title slipped nearly six percent on Monday at the start of trading in Frankfurt. Over time, HelloFresh was able to limit the damage to 2.6 percent.