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Food recalls are issued when a product is unsafe to eat due to health or allergy fears. The product is then withdrawn from shelves and customers who have already bought it are advised to return it.
Tesco is the latest supermarket to recall a product due to allergy fears.
The company is recalling Galberts Plant Based Lemon Cheesecake because of undeclared walnuts.
According to the Food Standards Agency (FSA), this means the product is a possible health risk for anyone with an allergy to walnuts.
Galberts recalled the product, which is sold only in Tesco branches in Northern Ireland.
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The product comes in a pack 100g in size and all date codes are affected.
The FSA outlined the action taken by the company, saying: “Galberts 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. Please see the attached notice.”
In its notice, Galberts said: “Galberts are recalling all date codes of their Plant Based Lemon Cheesecake 2 x 100g.
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“This is because the product may contain traces of walnuts which is not declared on the label.
“As such, these products may pose a safety risk to those people with an allergy to walnuts.”
The company went on to explain what customers should do if they have already purchased the product.
It said: “If you have purchased one of the products, please do not eat it.
“Please do not consume these products if you have an allergy to walnuts, return the affected product to store where a full refund will be given. No receipt required.”
Galberts added that shoppers should contact [email protected] if they need further information.
The FSA also offered its advice to customers. It said: “If you have bought the above product and have an allergy to walnuts (nuts), do not eat it.
“Instead return it to the store from where it was bought for a full refund.”
The FSA went on to share more information about allergy alerts and food recalls in general.
The organisation 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“Then it might be ‘withdrawn’ (taken off the shelves) or ‘recalled’ (when customers are asked to return the product).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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