Tesco has urgently recalled the batch of frozen all butter pastries because they may contain almonds – a warning which was not printed on the label.
The affected batch of croissants cost £2.50 and have a best before date of September 2022. They come in six packs, weighing 255g with batch code LL 111.
What was said?
The batch of All Butter croissants may have been mistakenly packaged with other croissants containing almonds.
The Food Standards Agency said: “Tesco is recalling the Tesco Frozen Butter Croissant 6 Pack because it may contain almonds (nuts) not listed on the label.
“Due to a packaging error, some packs may have been incorrectly packed with Tesco Frozen Almond Croissants, which contain almonds (nuts).
“This means the product poses a potential health risk to anyone allergic to almonds (nuts).
“If you have purchased the above product and are allergic to almonds (nuts), do not eat it.
“Instead, return it to the store where it was purchased for a full refund.”
Tesco is asking buyers to return the item to the nearest store for a full refund. Usually no receipt is required, but you can check by phoning Tesco customer services on 0800 505555.
What are the symptoms of a nut allergy?
People suffering from anaphylaxis, an acute allergic reaction, should be careful not to consume the product.
According to the NHS, the symptoms of anaphylaxis are:
feeling light-headed or fainting
difficulty breathing – such as rapid, shallow breathing
collapse or lose consciousness
There may also be other allergy symptoms, including an itchy rash (hives); feeling or being sick; swelling (angioedema) or stomach pain.
The Campaign Against Anaphylaxis, which helps people with tree nut allergies, said: “Anaphylaxis is a severe and life-threatening allergic reaction affecting multiple bodily systems such as the airways, heart, circulation, intestines and skin.
“Symptoms may appear seconds or minutes after exposure to the food or substance you are allergic to and usually progress rapidly. On rare occasions, there may be a delay in onset of a few hours.
“Common causes include foods such as peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, shellfish, fish, sesame seeds and kiwi fruit, although many other foods have been known to trigger anaphylaxis.
“There may also be a dramatic drop in blood pressure (anaphylactic shock).
“This can lead to collapse, loss of consciousness and – on rare occasions – death.”
What if someone has anaphylaxis?
According to the NHS, if someone has the symptoms of anaphylaxis, you should:
Use an adrenaline auto-injector if the person has one – but first make sure you know how to use it correctly.
Immediately call 999 for an ambulance (even if they start to feel better) – mention that you think the person is suffering from anaphylaxis.
Delete any trigger if possible – for example, carefully remove any stinger stuck in the skin.
Lay the person down and raise their legs – unless they have difficulty breathing and need to sit down to help them breathe. If she is pregnant, lay her on her left side.
Make another injection after 5 minutes if symptoms do not improve and a second auto-injector is available.