Food recalls aren't that 'common' says expert in 2020

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Supermarket giant Tesco has just recalled a snack item due to the presence of undeclared milk.


Tesco Mixed Fruit and Nut

Pack size: 25g

Batch code: L2196H221

Best before: January 13, 2023.

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) issued a risk statement to affected customers.

It said: “This product contains milk making it a possible health risk for anyone with an allergy or intolerance to milk or milk constituents.”

The FSA also gave affected customers the following advice: “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.”

Tesco has taken action to ensure that customers are kept safe.

The FSA assured shoppers: “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.”

Tesco stated: “Please do not consume this product if you have an allergy to milk, return the affected product to store where a full refund. No receipt required.”

It also apologised to affected customers for any inconvenience caused.

While food recalls are rare, customers must take them seriously.

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“Then it might be ‘withdrawn’ (taken off the shelves) or ‘recalled’ (when customers are asked to return the product).

“Sometimes foods have to be withdrawn or recalled if there is a risk to consumers because the allergy labelling is missing or incorrect or if there is any other food allergy risk.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.”

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