Food recalls aren't that 'common' says expert in 2020
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Leading supermarket giant Tesco has recalled a popular snack because of undeclared milk. This poses a risk to anyone with an allergy or intolerance to milk or milk constituents.
Tesco Mixed Fruit and Nut
Pack size: 25g
Batch code: All batches
Best before: All dates
Tesco previously recalled just one batch of Tesco Mixed Fruit and Nut 25g.
This had a batch code of L2196H221 and best before date of January 13, 2023.
However, this recall has now been extended to all batches and all best before dates.
The Food Standards Agency issued a risk statement: “This product contains milk making it a possible health risk for anyone with an allergy or intolerance to milk or milk constituents.”
Tesco has taken action to ensure that customers are kept safe.
The FSA explained: “Tesco is recalling the above product from consumers and has contacted the relevant allergy support organisations, which will tell their members about the recall.
“The company has also issued a point-of-sale notice and informed its customers.
“These notices explain to customers why the product is being recalled and advise them what to do if they have bought the product.”
The agency also gave advice to affected customers: “If you have bought the above product and have an allergy or intolerance to milk or milk constituents do not eat it.
“Instead, return it to the store from where it was bought for a full refund. “Consumers can also contact Tesco Consumer Services on 0800 505 555.”
The supermarket also made its own statement regarding the recall: “We have been made aware that Tesco Mixed Fruit and Nut 25g may contain milk which means that milk will not be declared on the packaging.
“The product could pose a safety risk to those people with an allergy to or intolerance to milk.”
Tesco urged customers allergic to milk to return the product to store to receive a refund – no receipt required.
The supermarket also apologised to customers for any inconvenience caused, letting them know they can reach out on 0800 505 555 (UK) or 1800 248 123 (ROI).
So why do food recalls happen and what do they mean? The FSA explained: “Sometimes there will be a problem with a food product that means it should not be sold.
“Then it might be ‘withdrawn’ (taken off the shelves) or ‘recalled’ (when customers are asked to return the product).
“Sometimes foods have to be withdrawn or recalled if there is a risk to consumers because the allergy labelling is missing or incorrect or if there is any other food allergy risk.
“When there is a food allergy risk, the FSA will issue an Allergy Alert.”
Tesco isn’t the only popular supermarket in the UK that has recently opted to recall a food product in the interest of customer safety.
Lidl GB has recalled Eridanous Greek Style Smoked Mackerel Fillet with Olives and Oregano with Soy Oil (150g).
The lot number is 01063402062022 and the best before date is January 2, 2023.
The reason for this recall was that Listeria monocytogenes were found in the product.
The FSA issued a risk statement regarding the recall: “Symptoms caused by this organism can be similar to flu and include high temperature, muscle ache or pain, chills, feeling or being sick and diarrhoea. However, in rare cases, the infection can be more severe, causing serious complications, such as meningitis.
“Some people are more vulnerable to listeria infections, including those over 65 years of age, pregnant women and their unborn babies, babies less than one-month-old and people with weakened immune systems.”
Customers have been warned not to consume the product, and instead, return it to stores where they can receive a full refund.
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