A high end supermarket chain in the UK has been forced to recall a brand of nuts it sells because the packaging on the product failed to disclose that it contains nuts.
The country’s Food Standards Agency has made Booths supermarkets call back bags of its house-brand Wholehearted Roasted Monkey Nuts even though the packaging is transparent. (Monkey nuts is another term for peanuts.)
Booths argued that the see-through packaging would have been enough to warn customers with peanut allergies about what the bags contained, but the Food Standards Agency ruled that it wasn’t enough, Gawker reported.
The nuts have been yanked off shelves in 29 stores across the UK. Booths also issued an apology.
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"If you have an allergy to peanuts, please do not consume this product and return it to your local store for a full refund. No other products are affected by this issue and we sincerely apologise for the inconvenience caused."
Booths technical manager Waheed Hassan feels the company has a duty to make sure its customers are safe: "It is our responsibility as retailers to accurately record allergy advice. In this instance, we felt a responsibility to recall the product and issue a notice to our customers who might suffer from a specific peanut allergy.”
The director of clinical services at Allergy UK, Maureen Jenkins, said: "It may seem barking mad to require bags of nuts to carry a warning on the back that they contain nuts, but it makes sure that there is no doubt that a product contains an allergen."