Food Allergens, can you trust labels?
- There have been reports in the press recently about food product recalls, many of which are for incorrect allergen labelling.
- Waitrose, Lidl, Aldi and Boots have all pulled mislabelled foods.
- These include ice cream, crisps, flapjacks, coleslaw and more.
There has been a spate of food product recalls due to mislabelling or concerns over hygiene standards. Examples of foods recalled due to inadequate food allergen labelling include:
- Lidl GB has recalled Alpenfest Pretzel Ice Cream because it contains 5 allergens that are not labelled in English.
- Waitrose is recalling Waitrose Sour Cream and Chive mix. This is because it contains wheat which is not listed on the label. So this poses a risk to anyone with an allergy or intolerance to wheat or gluten.
Recalls are not just for inadequate labelling
The recalls are not limited to mislabelled foods and the health threat they pose to people with a food allergen. There are also risks to health due to contamination with bacteria that are known to cause food poisoning. For example Soupologie have recalled three varieties of their soups because they may contain Listeria monocytogenes. This is very serious because 20 to 30% of listeriosis infections in high-risk individuals may be fatal.
Other foods have been recalled due to contamination with foreign objects such as metal or plastics. The list is too long to go into, but you can read the full list by following the link at the foot of this article. For us, who regularly represent people who have had food poisoning, and have seen the distress and suffering it can cause, this is a grave situation. We can only call again for stringent enforcement of food labelling and food hygiene standards in the preparation of food.
For those who have food allergens it only underlines yet again that, sadly, you have to take extreme care when buying any prepared foods. Sometimes it seems that the only safe way to proceed is to just eat food that you have prepared and made yourself from fresh ingredients. This begs the question – who in our modern world has the time or the money to live in that manner?
If you or a loved one has had food poisoning from any commercial outlet, including hospitals and medical premises, we may be able to help you. Please feel free to get in contact. We’ll give you a quick and fair assessment of whether you can make a claim for compensation.
You can ring us on 01535 958778 or fill in the form on this page. We’ll get back to you asap.
Read the full list of products recalled.
Find out more about making a cliam for food poisoning or allergic / anaphylactic reaction