SPAR recalls popular sweet treat due to undeclared ingredient – ‘do not eat it’

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

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SPAR has recalled SPAR Spread Up Hazelnut Choco due to undeclared almond. This poses a risk to anyone with an almond (nut) allergy.

Product details

SPAR Spread Up Hazelnut Choco

Pack size: 400g

Batch code: All

Best before end dates: June 2022, August 2022, September 2022, November 2022, December 2022.

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

“This product contains almonds (nuts) making it a possible health risk for anyone with an allergy to almonds (nuts).”

The agency assured customers that SPAR was taking the necessary precautions to keep them safe.

“SPAR is recalling the above product from customers and has 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.”

The FSA advised: “If you have bought the above product and have an allergy to almonds (nuts), do not eat it.

“Instead return it to the store from where it was bought for a full refund.”

SPAR released a statement to its customers.

“Please do not consume and return the product, to the store you purchased it from for a full refund.

“No other SPAR products are affected.

“SPAR would like to apologise to our customers for any inconvenience caused.”

While food recalls are not especially common, they do occur and it is important to take note of them.

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“Then it might be ‘withdrawn’ (taken off the shelves) or ‘recalled’ (when customers are asked to return the product).”

The FSA continued: “Sometimes foods have to be withdrawn or recalled if there is a risk to consumers because the allergy labelling is missing or incorrect or if there is any other food allergy risk.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