Belfast Telegraph

Death sparks food chemicals alert

Health chiefs have issued a food alert in Northern Ireland.

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is advising companies and individuals who have bought chemicals for food production from Mistral Laboratory Chemicals not to use them.

It follows the death of a woman in a private medical clinic in Italy.

"Products for food use supplied by Mistral have been implicated in that investigation," the FSA said in a statement.

The chemicals are added to food and are found in salts.

The FSA statement added: "There have been no reported food-related incidents in the UK linked to products supplied by Mistral and the FSA is issuing this warning as a precaution."

It advised people to inform their local environmental health officer immediately if they have any of these chemicals. It is working with local authorities to arrange for the disposal of these products.

Mistral Northern Ireland is a small chemical manufacturer and laboratory based in Antrim.

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