UK sees in new year with raft of recalls over undeclared allergens

By Niamh Michail

- Last updated on GMT

Several manufacturers have recalled products from the UK market due to undeclared allergens, such as peanut, sesame and gluten.

Hard discounter Lidl announced a recall of two products from its UK stores due to the presence of allergens.

McEnnedy Supersize Peanut Flips because they may contain undeclared peanuts while Sondey Organic Assorted Biscuits may contain peanuts, oats (gluten), sesame, milk and hazelnuts. These were not mentioned on the label.

The UK Food Standards Agency said: “This means the products are a possible health risk for anyone with an allergy or intolerance to oats or gluten, an

© Lidl

allergy or intolerance to milk or milk constituents, an allergy to peanuts, nuts or and an allergy to sesame.”

British healthy snacking manufacturer Sogud announced it was recalling various gluten-free flapjack products because they contain gluten. There were three affected products: Sogud Fruity Oat & Almond Square; Sogud Juicy Oat & Raspberry Square; and Sogud Spicy Oat & Apple Pie Square.

The manufacturer said: “Customer safety is very important to Sogud, therefore we do regular tests on all our products to ensure they are of the highest quality. […] We apologise to our customers for any inconvenience caused.”

Meanwhile, premium retailer Waitrose began a recall of its Chinese Vegetable Spring Rolls from England and Wales on 2 January because some packs may contain duck spring rolls, which contain undeclared sesame and meat.

Belfield recalled its Ice King Strawberry Cones because the product was mispacked and actually contains chocolate and nut ice cream cones. These contain

© Belfield

peanuts which are not mentioned on the label, posing a possible health risk for anyone with an allergy to peanuts.

Belfield supplies the food retail, manufacturing and catering sectors with imported products from the company’s overseas manufacturing partners.

The FSA advised all manufacturers to contact the relevant allergy support organisations so they could inform their members about the recall.

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