Food recalls aren’t that ‘common’ says expert

A food recall is when customers are asked to return a product to a supermarket or store. This means there may be a problem with it.

Pasta Evangelists is recalling their Fresh Basil Pesto.

This is because it contains pistachio nuts but does not mention this on its label.

Some jars contain pistachio pesto not basil pesto.

Therefore, the product is a possible health risk for anyone with an allergy to pistachio.

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Pasta Evangelists’ Fresh Basil Pesto is sold only at Marks & Spencer.

The product is 140grams and has the use-by date of February 3.

The pasta company has contacted the relevant allergy support organisations, which will tell their members about the recall.

It has also issued a point-of-sale notice to its customers, which will explain to shoppers why the product is being recalled and tell them what to do if they have bought it in the first place.

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The company told customers: “If you have bought Pasta Evangelists Basil Pesto and you have an allergy, intolerance or sensitivity to pistachio nuts do not eat it.”

Pasta Evangelists outlines what buyers of the pesto should now do.

“Check if you have bought the affected use-by date of the Pasta Evangelists Basil Pesto,” the company said.

It added: “Return the product to the store for a full refund (with or without a receipt).”

The Food Standards Agency also has advice for customers, saying: “If you have bought the above product and have an allergy to pistachio (nuts), do not eat it. Instead return it to the store from where it was bought for a full refund.”

Pesto is not the only product that has been recalled to Marks & Spencer stores.

The food retailer is recalling the M&S Balanced For You Red Thai Chicken Curry.

This is due to there being milk in a small number of incorrectly labelled packages.

Marks & Spencer is also recalling Picard Food Products.

Picard has announced that there is incomplete allergy information on the labels of some of its products, due to an IT error.

M&S has included the missing information on its website and is asking customers to return any Picard items they have bought to the store.

These items are: two ham and cheese galettes, mini vanilla ice cream cones, mini chocolate ice cream cones, Christmas brioche, and 15 mini quiches.

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