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Health alert in Spain as several bakery products are withdrawn from store shelves

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  • Production at the manufacturer's plant has been suspended on a precautionary basis due to 'hygienic and sanitary deficiencies, with the consequent possible risk to public health'

The Spanish Agency for Food Safety and Nutrition (Aesan) has issued an urgent recall of bakery products from store shelves that they warn may be in a ‘bad state’.

The agency said that premises of the manufacturer, Dulce Extremadura SL, have been temporarily closed by the health authorities due to poor hygiene and sanitary conditions, with the consequent possible risk to public health.

To date, the products listed as affected are Nidos de Chocolate, Lenguas de Gato, Homemade Biscuits and Miguelitos de Crema marketed under the brands Haas Diet, Vitadulce Diet and Patisserie Dulex. On the packaging there is a mention of "gluten-free" although the authorities cannot guarantee that they comply and, therefore, pose a risk to celiacs.

Aesan points out that, "given the limited information available, it cannot be ruled out that there may be other affected brands or sales names".

For this reason, the agency has decided to extend the alert to all products made by Dulce Extremadura SL “under any brand and name of sale, regardless of whether or not it is labelled 'gluten-free' ".

Authorities are continuing the investigations into the affected products, which have been distributed throughout Spain and ordered the withdrawal of them from the market.

The agency says, "It is recommended that people who have products affected refrain from consuming them and return them to the point of purchase."