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Waitrose urgently recalls muffins over nut allergy fears – details

The products have a best before date of 5 February 2021

Nichola Murphy
Nichola MurphyDeputy Lifestyle Editor
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Waitrose has issued a recall of its Patisserie Carrot Cake Muffin 2S due to undeclared walnuts.

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The Food Standards Agency (FSA) announced the news on Wednesday, stating the muffins posed a health risk to those with nut allergies.

"Waitrose is recalling because it contains walnut (nuts) which is not mentioned on the label due to a labelling error," the statement read. The product in question is those with a best before date of 5 February 2021.

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Any Waitrose customers who have purchased the muffins and have a walnut allergy are being encouraged not to eat them. Instead, they should return the product to their local Waitrose branch in exchange for a full refund, or contact the supermarket's customer service on 0800188884, and select option number four.

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Waitrose's Patisserie Carrot Cake Muffin 2S may contain undeclared walnuts

Food recalls are not uncommon, and possible food allergies are often the source of concern. Other common causes of recalls include possible contamination with bacteria such as salmonella, incorrect packaging or labelling, or unpleasant tastes or smells.

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 Then it might be 'withdrawn' (taken off the shelves) or 'recalled' (when customers are asked to return the product).

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Shoppers are being encouraged 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"Sometimes foods have to be withdrawn or recalled if there is a risk to consumers because the allergy labelling is missing or incorrect or if there is any other food allergy risk.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," the FSA website explains.

Other supermarket products currently being recalled include: Tesco coconut and lemongrass sauce, which may contain fish sauce not included in the ingredients list; Néstle Milkybar Little Treats sold at Morrisons, due to "a strong unpleasant salty taste"; and Sainsbury's chilled and frozen cockles, mussels and seafood selection which may be contaminated with Salmonella.

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