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Qatar ministry halts sale of cookie butter, tests it for metal pieces

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Biscoff cookie butter. Credit: Lotus Bakeries/Facebook

A popular imported cookie butter spread is being held up at customs in Qatar as officials test to see whether it is safe to consume.

This week, Qatar’s Ministry of Public Health has reportedly issued a circular prohibiting shipments of 380g Lotus Biscoff Cookie Butter jars from being released.

The Belgian-made products are currently being tested in a local lab following news that some jars may contain small pieces of metal, the Gulf Times reports.

Photo for illustrative purposes only. Credit: Peter Kovessy/Doha News

The move follows a recall of Lotus Biscoff Crunchy Biscuit Spread in the UK this week over the same concerns.

Crunchy Biscoff only

In a statement, parent company Lotus Bakeries said the affected jars have various best before dates in February and March 2018. You can see the batch numbers here.

The company advised consumers who have bought the product not to eat it.

Biscoff cookie butter. Credit: Lotus Bakeries/Facebook

Instead, they should return it to the retailer they bought it from for a full refund. UK residents can also send just the yellow lid by post to Lotus’s offices for a refund.

Commenting on the reason for the recall, the company added:

“Lotus Bakeries decided to recall the batches of the affected product after being informed by the co-manufacturer — to whom the task of filling the product is outsourced — that, during a certain period, their metal detection was not adjusted for sufficient precision.”

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