SPAR recalls popular food product due to undeclared ingredient – ‘health risk’

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

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Convenience store SPAR has recalled a popular snack due to undeclared almonds. This may pose a risk to those with an almond (nut) allergy.

Product details

SPAR Spread Up Choco Duo Hazelnut

Pack size: 400g

Best before: September 2022, December 2022 and January 2023.

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

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

SPAR has taken action to prioritise the safety of its customers by recalling the product.

It explained: “SPAR is recalling the above product from customers and has contacted the relevant allergy support organisations, which will tell their members about the recall.

Customers who do this will be issued a full refund. SPAR also apologised for the inconvenience caused by the recall.

The FSA continued with some advice for customers: “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.”

While food recalls are not common, it is important to take them seriously and follow the guidance given.

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“Then it might be ‘withdrawn’ (taken off the shelves) or ‘recalled’ (when customers are asked to return the product).

“Sometimes foods have to be withdrawn or recalled if there is a risk to consumers because the allergy labelling is missing or incorrect or if there is any other food allergy risk.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