Go Ahead recalls Nutty Crunch Hazelnut bars sold in Asda and Tesco amid allergy fearsApril 19, 2019
AN urgent recall has been issued for Go Ahead! Nutty Crunch Hazelnut bars sold in Asda and Tesco over fears they could trigger deadly allergic reactions.
United Biscuits – the brand behind the bars – is pulling one batch of the snacks because they were accidentally made with peanuts in the recipe.
The extra ingredient isn't labelled on the packaging, which could have potentially fatal consequences for someone with an allergy to the nuts.
It's estimated that around 30,000 people in the UK are allergic to peanuts, according to the NHS.
If someone who is allergic comes into contact with peanuts it can cause them to have a runny nose, their skin to come out in hives, an itchy throat, diarrhea, vomiting and shortness of breath.
In severe cases, it can cause someone to go into anaphylactic shock which can be fatal if not treated with a shot of adrenaline.
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The bars, which are also stocked in Ocado and Waitrose, come in boxes of six and cost £1.50.
Boxes that are affected by the recall have a best before date of October 1, 2019 and a batch number of 078X – although it's not clear which retailers sold the affected batch.
Shoppers are being advised not to eat the bars but instead return them to the nearest store in exchange for a full refund.
In a statement issued on the Food Standards Agency website United Biscuits said: "We apologise for any inconvenience caused and ask consumers who have bought the product return it to the store or to please contact our consumer helpline on [email protected] or 0800 456 1372 for a refund."
Today, Asda also issued a recall for packs of posh dauphinoise potatoes because some of them actually contain cauliflower cheese – and gluten.
Other recalls to look out for include Lidl's hazelnut chocolate spread because the packaging doesn't say that it contains nuts.
Meanwhile earlier this week, Argos recalled over a dozen pillows and mattress toppers over fears they could be a fire risk.
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