SPAR issue URGENT food recall over serious risk to health of allergy sufferers

SPAR has recalled a pasta salad dish after the packaging was accidentally filled with the wrong product. The supermarket has warned customers not to eat the product if they are allergic to fish. The Food Standards Agency said on its website: “SPAR (UK) Ltd is recalling SPAR Prawn Marie Rose Pasta Salad because some packs may contain Tuna and Sweetcorn Pasta Salad. “Tuna is not mentioned on the label which means the product is a possible health risk for anyone with an allergy to fish.

SPAR issue URGENT food recall over serious risk to health of allergy sufferers

“This product contains tuna making it a possible health risk for anyone with an allergy to fish.”

The product in question is the 250g SPAR Prawn Marie Rose Pasta Salad.

Customers who have bought the product should look out for items with the use by date code: 20 June 2019.

The FSA also informed the public that SPAR has put a notice at the point of sale in store to prompt customers to return the item.

They added: “SPAR (UK) Ltd is recalling the above product from customers and 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 product is being recalled and tell them what to do if they have bought the product.”

If customers have bought the product and are allergic to fish, do not eat it.

Instead, return it to the store from where it was purchased for a full refund.

At present, no other SPAR products or batch codes appear to to be affected, and the supermarket have issued an apology to customers.

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 Then it might be ‘withdrawn’ (taken off the shelves) or ‘recalled’ (when customers are asked to return the product).

“Sometimes foods have to be withdrawn or recalled if there is a risk to consumers because the allergy labelling is missing or incorrect or if there is any other food allergy risk.”

How do you know if you have a fish allergy?

As with other food allergies, symptoms of a fish allergy can range from mild to severe.

According to the NHS, fish is one of the most common foods which cause an allergic reaction

The site reads: “Food allergies happen when the immune system – the body’s defence against infection – mistakenly treats proteins found in food as a threat.

“As a result, a number of chemicals are released. It’s these chemicals that cause the symptoms of an allergic reaction.”

Symptoms of a fish allergy include, but are not limited to:

  • An itchy sensation inside the mouth, throat or ears
  • A raised itchy red rash (urticaria, or “hives”)
  • Swelling of the face, around the eyes, lips, tongue and roof of the mouth (angioedema)
  • Vomiting

The site added: “A severe allergic reaction, or anaphylaxis, is a medical emergency – call 999 or go immediately to your local hospital A&E department.”

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