Co-op and Asda recall soups because they could trigger allergic reactions

Co-op has recalled five different soups and Asda has recalled one because they contain mustard which isn't mentioned on the label.

Asda is recalling a 600g pack of Sweet Potato & Red Chilli Soup with use by dates between March 2 and March 27.

Meanwhile the Co-op is recalling five soups: 400g and 600g packs of Co-op Chicken & Vegetable Broth, 400g and 600g packs of Chunky Vegetable Soup, and 600g packs of Co-op Irresistible Tomato & Lentil Soup.

The affected batches all have use by dates in March – but if you want to check specific dates, there's a full list on the Food Standards Agency's website.

Eating soup containing mustard when you have an allergy could trigger symptoms including stomach cramps, nausea and vomiting, itchy mouths and a swollen throat.

Your product recall rights

As a general rule, if a recall involves a branded product, the manufacturer would usually have lead responsibility for the recall action.

But it's often left up to supermarkets to notify customers when products could put them at risk.

If you are concerned about the safety of a product you own, always check the manufacturer’s website to see if a safety notice has been issued.

When it comes to appliances, rather than just food items, the onus is usually on you – the customer – to register the appliance with the manufacturer as if you don't there is no way of contacting you to tell you about a fault.

If you become aware that an item you own has been recalled or has any safety noticed issued against it, make sure you follow the instructions given to you by the manufacturer.

They should usually provide you with more information and a contact number on its safety notice.

In some cases, the manufacturer might ask you to return the item for a full redund or arrange for the faulty product to be collected.

You should not be charged for any recall work – such as a repair, replacement or collection of the recalled item.

In more serious cases, an allergic reaction can cause shortness of breath or even an anaphylactic shock.

If you have bought one of the products and have an allergy or intolerance to mustard, we'd advise you not to eat it.

You can return your soup to any Co-op or Asda store for a full refund, with or without a receipt, depending on where you bought it.

You can find your local Co-op store on the supermarket's website, and your nearest Asda branch using its shop finder tool.

No other Co-op or Asda products are known to be affected by the issue.

Both supermarkets have put up signs in stores warning people about the affected soups.

Asda has more than 600 stores in the UK, while the Co-op has the most of any supermarket at 4,000.

Lidl has issued recalls on salt and pepper as they could contain GLASS.

And there's a warning out about garlic bread from Iceland which could trigger allergic reactions as it contains milk.

A popular stuffed toy sold at Tesco, Argos and Amazon has also been recalled over fears kids could choke on it.

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