Tesco and convenience store group Nisa Retail are the latest companies to recall bakery products. Tesco has recalled its five-pack of free-from Belgian chocolate wafers due to the possible presence of salmonella, affecting all date codes.Nisa Retail is the latest in a raft of companies to recall products due to incorrect ingredients labelling on packaging.Packs of its Heritage cupcakes product have been recalled due to the undeclared presence of the allergen soya.The price-marked packs of four, which retail at £1, did not state soya on the packaging ingredients list due to a “production error”.The packs affected have a ‘best before’ date of 2 October and a Food Standards Agency (FSA) recall notice warns of the health risk to anyone with an allergy to soya eating these products.Other recent recallsNisa Retail’s recall is the latest in a wave of similar incidents. Last week Northern Ireland bakery Cottage Kitchen, based in Galgorm, Ballymena, recalled its Traybake Selection with dates up to and including 21 September as it contained undeclared walnuts. The product had been distributed to 48 stores in Northern Ireland.Retailer TJX Europe also fell foul of allergen labelling laws last week, recalling its Choco Creation Fruit Mix due to peanut content that was not listed as an ingredient on packaging. It was on sale at TK Maxx and HomeSense stores in June and July this year. Packs with ‘best before’ dates of 19 November 2015 and 18 January 2016 are affected.
By Andrew Halim, UPF New ZealandInterreligious Association for Peace and Development (IAPD) was inaugurated in New Zealand on the 13th of April 2019. About 70 participants from all walks of life came to the precious, monumental event held in the Chamber Room of Mt Eden War Memorial Hall, Auckland. The memory of the recent Christchurch tragedy was still fresh in everyone’s minds, bringing guests and leaders of different faiths together.The event was hosted by Mr. Geoffrey Fyers, UPF-NZ Secretary-General. It was opened with Kaumatua (Maori welcoming) by Pastor Bill Tangariki, longtime Ambassador For Peace and followed by a minute of silence for victims and their families in Christchurch.A video presentation to introduce UPF was then shown, followed by keynote address given by Mr. Adel Jamati, UPF-NZ Director, who gave a powerful speech titled “Faith and World Peace.” It inspired everyone present and set the tone for the subsequent panels of discussions.The first panel discussion was based on the topic: “A Vibrant Community for Family, Peace, and Human Development.” The speakers were:AFP/Mr. Gul Zaman; representing Islam,AFP/Mr. Ram Dharma Nand (JP), Ambassador for Sanatan; representing Hinduism,David Rankin, Ngāpuhi Leader; representing Maori Spirituality, andElder Suamalie NT Iosefa Naisali, United Reformed Christian Church Tuvalu, Kiribati in NZ; representing Christianity.In particular, Rev. Elder Suamalie NT Iosefa Naisali gave a short presentation based on his experience in 2017’s interfaith gathering in Korea after being invited by Mother Moon.The second panel discussion was based on the topic: “Religious and Political Leaders: Exploring Ways to Cooperate for Lasting Peace.” The speakers were:Anne Degia-Pala (QSM), Founder of EthNix Links Networks;Daud Azimullah, Executive Member of Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand (FIANZ);Ross Robertson, Former Labour Party MP; andKanwaljit Singh Bakshi, National Party MP.After each panel discussion, meaningful questions and answers were exchanged by the speakers and the audience. Dr. Muhammad Sahu Khan, longtime AFP, stood up to applaud about the importance of UPF and IAPD after the second panel discussion.To officially inaugurate IAPD, there was Peace Water Ceremony and the signing of the IAPD Resolution. A congratulatory song, “Where Peace Begins” was then sung by Mr. Andrew Halim and Mrs. Tomoyo Moriwaki who just participated in an international marriage blessing ceremony together in September last year, held by Mother Moon in Korea.The event was closed in prayer by Mrs. Ruth Cleaver, Auckland Interfaith Council President.Peace can never be understated and interfaith harmony is even more integral now than ever. In the aftermath of the Christchurch tragedy, it was inspiring to see faith-based communities banding together to promote lasting peace and harmony, centering on universal principles that UPF has been advocating since its founding. We sincerely hope that the success of this event will lead to a better future for everyone.Click to see more pictures