Nut allergy sufferers in Northampton are being warned that a recalled batch of Aldi an Morrisons fajita kits could contain almond traces.
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) issued an allergy alert last week, stating that the Morrison’s Fajita Meal Kit and the Aldi Fiesta brand Fajita Dinner Kit were shown to contain traces of the nut.
Yesterday it also issued an allergy alert for a batch of Discovery Taco Seasoning, available in a number of supermarkets including Tesco. Morrisons and Waitrose, after it too was found to contain small amounts of almond.
The FSA said that people with a nut allergy who have bought these products ‘should not consume them’, but should return them to where they were purchased.
The levels of almond protein found in the products are low it says, and no cases of allergic reactions linked to the affected products have been reported to the FSA.
Chief operating officer at the FSA, Jason Feeney, said: “The FSA is investigating these incidents and, where potential problems are identified, we are alerting the public.
“We are dealing with this as part of our normal incident response, and our first priority is for the safety of allergic consumers.
“There is no evidence of food fraud at this stage but the Food Crime Unit will be involved if evidence of food crime emerges.”
The undeclared almond protein was identified as part of a sampling programme initiated by the FSA after certain batches of ground cumin and products containing ground cumin tested positive for undeclared peanut protein in the US and Canada.
The FSA will be asking the food industry to ensure that paprika products are included in their testing regimes.
A batch of Bart’s Ground Cumin was withdrawn from sale on January 31 because of the undeclared presence of almond.
Testing of cumin and products containing cumin by the FSA and the industry will also continue.