Waitrose recalls popular pasta products due to serious allergy concerns ‘Do not eat!’

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Food recalls are issued by the Food Standards Agency when a product is unsafe for customers to consume, or it could cause harm to someone with allergies. Waitrose is the latest supermarket to issue a food recall as a couple of their pasta products contain an undeclared ingredient. 

Waitrose is recalling two of their fresh pasta products. 

The products are Waitrose Prosciutto Cappelletti and Waitrose Essentials Cheese and Smoked Ham Tortelloni and they are being recalled because of undeclared pistachio (nuts). 

This means the products are a possible health risk for anyone with an allergy to pistachio (nuts).

The product details are: 

Waitrose Prosciutto Cappelletti with a pack size of 310g. 

The use by date on the packaging is February 20 and Feburary 21. 

Waitrose Essentials Cheese and Smoked Ham Tortelloni with a pack size of 300g. 

The use by date on the packaging is February 20. 

As for the action taken by Waitrose, the FSA said: “Waitrose is recalling the above products from customers and they have been advised to contact the relevant allergy support organisations, which will tell their members about the recall. 

“The company has also issued a point-of-sale notice 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 FSA also provided some advice to consumers. 

The statement said: “If you have bought any of the above products and have an allergy to pistachio (nuts) do not eat them. 

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

“For more information contact Waitrose Customer Care on 0800 188 881, option four.” 

Usually, a reciept of purchase for the product which has been recalled is not needed for a refund. 

About allergy alerts

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Then it might be ‘withdrawn’ (taken off the shelves) or ‘recalled’ (when customers are asked to return the product). 

Sometimes foods have to be withdrawn or recalled if there is a risk to consumers because the allergy labelling is missing or incorrect or if there is any other food allergy risk.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