Food recall UK: Spices and sweets recalled due to undeclared allergens

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Yekta Foods yesterday recalled some of its products due to it not declaring on the label that the foods contained certain allergens. This means that the products could cause harm to some people if eaten.

The food brand is recalling various products because they contain celery, mustard, pistachio, almonds, sesame, and wheat, which are not mentioned on the label.

The products are therefore a possible health risk for anyone with an allergy to celery, mustard, pistachio, almonds, sesame, and an allergy or intolerance to wheat or gluten.

The products affected are Yekta Foods Mixed Seven Spices, Yekta Achachi Chickpeas Candy, Yekta Foods Homemade Sweets (402), Yekta Foods Homemade Sweets (282), and Yekta Foods Homemade Sweets (205).

All best before dates are affected.

Yekta Foods has recalled all the above products and has also issued point-of-sale notices to its customers.

These notices explain to customers why the products are being recalled and tells them what to do if they have bought the products.

The food brand has told customers to bring the items back to stores where they will be refunded.

Shoppers will not need to present a receipt.

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The Food Standards Agency has also advised customers on what to do if they have bought any of the items mentioned.

It said on its website: “If you have bought the above products and have an allergy to celery, mustard, pistachio (nuts), almonds (nuts), sesame and/or an allergy or intolerance to wheat or gluten, do not eat them.

“Instead return them to the store from where they were bought for a full refund.”

The FSA also explained what it means when it issues an allergy alert, like this one.

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“Then it might be ‘withdrawn’ (taken off the shelves) or ‘recalled’ (when customers are asked to return the product),” it added.

“Sometimes foods have to be withdrawn or recalled if there is a risk to consumers because the allergy labelling is missing or incorrect or if there is any other food allergy risk.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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On Friday, March 12, the FSA announced the news of two other food recalls.

It said that Asda had issued a recall on two of its products from its kids’ food range: Little Kids Pasta Bolognese and Little Kids Spaghetti Bolognese.

This is due to the fact that they contain pieces of blue rubber.

The other food recall was from the SFC, which had extended its recall on various chicken products because of the presence of Salmonella.

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