Doritos Chilli Heatwave and Tesco chicken salads join growing list of high profile 2017 food recalls
PepsiCo is in hot water after it emerged that packets of Doritos Chill Heatwave failed to disclose the presence of erroneous milk and cheese ingredients.
The company issued a statement, which said: ‘A limited number of Doritos Chilli Heatwave sharing packs are being recalled as incorrect product may have been packed into the bags.
'The affected product contains flavourings which contain milk, cheese powder and milk protein which are not included in the ingredients list. We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused.'
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Doritos is not a stranger to product recalls this year. Its lightly salted corn chips were called back after the discovery of wheat and soya ingredients which were not specified on the product’s packaging.
UK supermarket chain Tesco also recalled items in recent days. Last week the company recalled ready-made chicken salads amid concerns it contained food poisoning bacteria that could lead to fever, diarrhoea and abdominal cramps.
Last month saw a high-profile recall from Mars in regards to its Galaxy, Teasers and Minstrels brands over salmonella fears.
In Scotland, several haggis products made by Macsween were recalled after problems emerged in the controlling of clostridium botulinum bacteria, impacting several retailers including Marks & Spencer and Lidl.
Commenting on thus outbreak of recalls, Duncan Moir, product manager at Epicor Software, said: “News that Pepsico has recalled Doritos Chilli Heatwave crisps over allergy fears, sparked by incorrectly labelled milk and cheese, isn’t the first and won’t be the last time a food recall has hit the headlines. Such recalls hit an organisation hard both in terms of reputational damage and cost. This recent incident highlights the fact that food manufacturers need to be doing more to ensure that they adhere to labelling regulations.
“Food and beverage manufacturers have distinct needs and face huge risks unique to their business. That’s why it is vital they have the right processes and technology in place so that they react swiftly. Having the right enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution which is specifically designed to be agile and responsive will reduce such risks, but when mishaps occur, assist with traceability and the recovery plan.”
In the USA, several brands of hummus made by House of Thaller were recalled last month after its pine nut flavoured varieties were feared to contain listeria.
Ultium Cells LLC/Li-Cycle: Sustainable Battery Manufacturing
Ultium Cells LLC - a joint venture between General Motors and LG Energy Solutions - has announced its latest collaboration with Li-Cycle. Joining forces the two have set ambitions to expand recycling in North America, recycling up to 100% of the scrap materials in battery cell manufacturing
What is Ultium Cells LLC?
Announcing their partnership in December 2019, General Motors (GM) and LG Energy Solutions established Ultium Cells LLC with a mission to “ensure excellence of Battery Cell Manufacturing through implementation of best practices from each company to contribute [to the] expansion of a Zero Emission propulsion on a global scale.”
Who is Li-Cycle?
Founded in 2016, Li-Cycle leverages innovative solutions to address emerging and urgent challenges around the world.
As the use of Lithium-ion rechargeable batteries in automotive, industrial energy storage, and consumer electronic applications rises, Li-Cycle believes that “the world needs improved technology and supply chain innovations to better recycle these batteries, while also meeting the rapidly growing demand for critical and scarce battery-grade materials.”
Why are Ultium Cells LLC and Li-Cycle join forces?
By joining forces to expand the recycling of scrap materials in battery cell manufacturing in North America, the new recycling process will allow Ultium Cells LLC to recycle cobalt, nickel, lithium, graphite, copper, manganese and aluminum.
“95% of these materials can be used in the production of new batteries or for adjacent industries,” says GM, who explains that the new hydrometallurgical process emits 30% less greenhouse gases (GHGs) than traditional processes, minimising the environmental impact. Use of this process will begin later in the year (2021).
"Our combined efforts with Ultium Cells will be instrumental in redirecting battery manufacturing scrap from landfills and returning a substantial amount of valuable battery-grade materials back into the battery supply chain. This partnership is a critical step forward in advancing our proven lithium-ion resource recovery technology as a more sustainable alternative to mining, " said Ajay Kochhar, President, CEO and co-founder of Li-Cycle.
"GM's zero-waste initiative aims to divert more than 90% of its manufacturing waste from landfills and incineration globally by 2025. Now, we're going to work closely with Ultium Cells and Li-Cycle to help the industry get even better use out of the materials,” added Ken Morris, Vice President of Electric and Autonomous Vehicles, GM.
Since 2013, GM has recycled or reused 100% of the battery packs it has received from customers, with most current GM EVs repaired with refurbished packs.
"We strive to make more with less waste and energy expended. This is a crucial step in improving the sustainability of our components and manufacturing processes,” concluded Thomas Gallagher, Chief Operating Officer, Ultium Cells LLC.