Food recalls are issued when a product is unsafe to eat. Usually, a brand or a retailer recalls the item, and the Food Standards Agency (FSA) also announces the news on its website.
This week, the FSA has shared two new food recalls, one from popular British high street retailer WH Smiths.
The company has recalled salt and vinegar crisps sold at its shops.
The Simpleas Sea Salt and Balsamic Vinegar Pea Snacks are unsafe to eat because they contain ingredients which are not mentioned on the label.
This means that anyone who has an allergy or intolerance to any of the ingredients could be affected.
The FSA stated: “WH Smith is recalling Simpleas Sea Salt and Balsamic Vinegar Pea Snacks because they contain barley, oats and wheat (gluten) which are not mentioned on the label.
“This means the product is a possible health risk for anyone with an allergy or intolerance to barley, and/or oats and/or wheat (gluten).”
The products that are unsafe to eat come in packs that are 23g in size and have a best before date of 29 April 2022.
WH Smith has issued a point-of-sale notice to customers, explaining why the product is being recalled and what to do if they have already bought the product.
In its notice, WH Smith said: “If you have bought Simpleas Sea Salt and Balsamic Vinegar Pea Snacks as detailed above, and you have coeliac disease or an allergy or intolerance to wheat, barley, oats or gluten do not eat them.
“Instead return the product(s) to the store where you bought it from for a full refund.”
Customers can return the product with or without a receipt, WH Smith added.
The company has also been advised to contact the relevant allergy support organisations, which will then tell their members about the recall.
Additionally, the FSA gave shoppers advice on what to do if they have bought the product.
It said: “If you have bought the above product and have an allergy or intolerance to barley, and/or oats, and/or wheat or gluten, do not eat it.
“Instead return it to the store from where it was bought for a full refund.
The FSA often announces food recalls, and another was released on its page yesterday.
Welsh food manufacturer From Our Farm is recalling multiple flavours of its Biltong Beef Snack because of the possible presence of mould.
The flavours are Original, Chilli, Tomato and Basil, and Blazing.
If the products contain mould, this makes them unsafe to eat.
The FSA advised customers: “If you have bought any of the above products do not eat them.
“Instead, return them to the store from where they were bought for a full refund.”