Asda recalls food product due to ‘possible health risk’ – ‘do not eat’

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

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Asda customers have been instructed by the supermarket and the Food Standards Agency not to eat Asda Plant Based Lemon Cheesecake. This is due to undeclared walnuts ad hazelnuts which may pose a risk to consumers with a nut allergy.

Product details

Asda Plant Based Lemon Cheesecake

Pack size: Two x 100g

‘Use By’ dates: All date codes

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) stated that no other Asda products are known to be affected at this time.

It issued a risk statement for affected customers: “This product may contain walnuts and hazelnuts (nuts) making it a possible health risk for anyone with an allergy to walnuts and/or hazelnuts (nuts).”

Asda has put steps in place to ensure that customers remain safe.

The FSA stated: “Asda is recalling the above product from customers and they have contacted the relevant allergy support organisations, which will tell their members about the recall.

“The company has also issued a recall notice to its customers.

“These notices explain to customers why the product is being recalled and tells them what to do if they have bought the product.”

Asda’s product notice told customers: “Emmi Desserts are recalling the Asda Vegan Lemon Cheesecake because the product may contain walnuts and or hazelnuts that are not declared on the label.

“This impacts the above product for all date codes. No other products are known to be affected.

Asda continued, telling customers that if they have purchased it, “do not eat the product”.

Customers should instead bring it back to their nearest store where they will receive a full refund, no receipt needed.

Asda apologised for any inconvenience caused to customers and urged them to contact Asda Customer Relations – 0800 952 0101 – for further information.

The FSA echoed the advice to customers: “If you have bought the above product and have an allergy to walnuts and/or hazelnuts (nuts), do not eat it.

“Instead return them to the store from where they were bought for a full refund.”

Food recalls are not too common but they must be taken seriously when they do happen, for the safety of the consumer.

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“Then it might be ‘withdrawn’ (taken off the shelves) or ‘recalled’ (when customers are asked to return the product).

“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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