A popular carrot cake and a muesli brand have been recalled for containing nuts without a warning label. Food safety watchdogs issued an alert for packs of Melting Moments carrot cakes, which contain peanuts but do not explicitly state so.
They also rang the alarm bells over types of Rude Health organic ultimate muesli for having undeclared Brazil nuts.
Both products should have nuts listed as an ingredient to warn allergy sufferers to avoid them.
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) told the public not to eat the products if they have an allergy to Brazil nuts or peanuts and instead return them to where they were purchased for a full refund.
Food safety watchdogs have issued an urgent recall on the Melting Moment carrot cakes because they have not been labelled properly as containing peanuts
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has told the public not to eat the Rude Health organic ultimate muesli if they have a Brazil nut allergy and to return it if they have purchased this item with a best before date of February 8, 2024
About one in 50 children and one in 100 adults suffer from a nut allergy in the UK.
Symptoms of an allergic reaction to nuts can vary but can include a rash, swellings or vomiting in mild cases.
More serious cases can trigger a life-threatening condition called anaphylaxis, where the allergic reaction makes it harder to breathe and causes blood pressure to plummet.
Sufferers can experience symptoms straight after eating a food they are allergic to, or it can trigger it days later, according to the NHS.
Emergency medicines called adrenaline auto-injectors, such as an EpiPen, are used in the most severe reactions.
The frosted carrot cakes made by Melting Moments are sold in packs of six.
Packs with best before dates of April 26, 2023 and May 1, 2023 are those being recalled due to containing peanuts not mentioned on the label.
The muesli is made by Rude Health with batches sold in 400g boxes and a best before date of February 24, 2024 being recalled because they contain Brazil nuts not mentioned on the label.
No other batches of the Ultimate Muesli or other Rude Health products are affected by the recall.
Brits who believe they may have bought the affected items and have an allergy to peanuts or Brazil nuts have been urged not to eat them and contact their retailer for a refund.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU HAVE AN ALLERGIC REACTION TO NUTS
Peanuts and tree nuts can cause allergic reactions, which are sometimes severe.
A severe reaction is called anaphylaxis and can be life-threatening.
Symptoms often start quickly, within an hour of coming into contact with a nut, and sometimes within minutes.
The body’s immune system normally fights infection, but when a person is allergic to tree nuts or peanuts, the immune system overreacts to proteins in these foods.
Every time the person eats or, in some cases, handles or breathes in a peanut or tree nut, the body thinks the proteins are harmful invaders.
The immune system responds by kicking into a high gear to fend off the ‘invader’.
This causes an allergic reaction and symptoms can include:
- Trouble breathing
- Itchy, watery, or swollen eyes
- A drop in blood pressure