A popular brand of tomato sauce from the UK has been recalled from supermarket shelves in Qatar over concerns that it contains red wine.
In a tweet yesterday, the Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning (MMUP) said the product – Loyd Grossman Bolognese sauce – was removed from a store here before reaching consumers.
— وزارة البلدية والبيئة | MME (@albaladiya) December 24, 2014
Al Watan reported today that the entire stock of the sauce was removed from a store and some of it was being taken to a laboratory to assess whether it actually contains any alcohol.
The newspaper quoted Magdi Burhan, director of health inspection at Al Rayyan municipality, as saying the product’s label stated it contained red wine in English, but did not say so in Arabic.
Speaking to Doha News, a manager at Lulu Hypermarket in Al Gharafa said the product was removed yesterday following complaints.
And a representative of Spinney’s supermarket confirmed that a tomato sauce was taken off shelves at its Pearl-Medina Centrale location last week “due to municipal issues.”
Other grocery chains reached by Doha News, including MegaMart, said they did not carry the product.
Loyd Grossman offices were closed today for Christmas, but on its website, the company said its sauces are not halal-certified or suitable for kosher diets.