Food recalls aren't that 'common' says expert
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Shops, brands and companies recall food products when there is a fault with the item. This makes it unsafe to consume as it could cause harm to some people.
Co-op is the latest supermarket to recall a product because it is unsafe to eat.
The supermarket has withdrawn its own brand Hot and Spicy Chicken Wings from shelves.
This is because the product contains barley, or gluten, which is not mentioned on the label.
According to the Food Standards Agency (FSA), this means the chicken wings are a possible health risk for anyone with an allergy or intolerance to gluten.
The product comes in a 350g pack size and has a use by date of July 31, 2021.
The FSA has advised customers who have already bought the product not to eat it and to return it to their local Co-op store.
The organisation said: “If you have bought the above product and have an allergy or intolerance to barley (gluten), do not eat it.
“Instead, customers should call 0800 0686 727, email [email protected] or return it in-store for a full refund.”
The FSA explained Co-op has “contacted the relevant allergy support organisations, which will tell their members about the recall”.
It added: “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.”
In its notice, Co-op said: “Return product to nearest Co-op store for a refund, or if you are self-isolating or shielding, please contact our Customer Careline.”
The supermarket added: “We apologise for any inconvenience caused.”
Co-op is not the only food retailer to have recalled products in recent days and weeks.
Asda has not only recalled food items, but homeware products too.
The company has extended a recall on children’s books and shared more affected titles.
A book entitled ‘Duggee and the Magical Unicorn’, which is also sold in Tesco and Sainsbury’s, is being recalled due to a “manufacturing fault on some copies where the foil lamination on the cover of the book can be peeled off”.
Asda is also recalling its Frozen Vegan Mushroom and Leek Pie.
This is because the product may contain milk, which is not listed on the label.
All date codes are affected, and the product’s barcode is 505717223369.
The supermarket has urged customers to return the item to stores for a full refund.
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