PBCo recalls products

A wooden benchtop with various bread ingredients on it (PBCo)

The Protein Bread Company (PBCo) has had to recall three of its products due to the presence of an undeclared allergen: soy.

PBCo, which markets itself as producing Australia’s lowest carb bread, produces a low-carb range of box-mix breads, muffins, cakes, and other baked goods. It was started in 2010 by Anna Hopkins, who, in her work as the owner and baker at The Whole Meal Café in Darlinghurst, saw a niche market in people who wanted to eat baked goods but also wanted to avoid carbs.

PBCo began selling bread mix packs to customers who were interested in trying out a low-carb lifestyle.

The company experienced early successes; however, it is finding itself having to recall large batches of its products due to contamination.

PBCo’s Protein Pancake Mix 300g, Protein Muffin Mix 340g, and Vegan Egg Replacer 180g were all recalled by Food Standards Australia (FSA) due to the dangers they could pose for some customers.

“The recall is due to the presence of an undeclared allergen (soy),” FSA said in a statement about the recall.

“Any consumers who have a soy allergy or intolerance may have a reaction if the product is consumer.”

In a social media post, PBCo addressed the recall.

“As a result of our routine quality testing, we have detected an undeclared allergen (soy) in an ingredient use in these products,” the post said

“We’re disappointed that this recall has happened as a result of a contaminated ingredient from a supplier,” the post continued.

“We pride ourselves in using quality ingredients and are thankful for our quality assurance team, who detected this issue in a timely way.”

With FSA standards being higher than ever for allergen declaration, it is vital that all companies that provide food and food products to consumers keep a watchful eye over the ingredients they are using in their goods.

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