Hugely popular discount supermarket chains Aldi and Lidl have issued recalls for snacks over allergy fears.
Aldi has recalled its Clancy’s Barbecue Flavour Coated Peanuts because they contain cashew nuts, which are undeclared on the label.
This means the product is a possible health risk for anyone with an allergy to nuts.
While a reaction to peanuts is one of the best-known food allergies, peanuts are from a different plant family, the legumes, and in fact grow underground.
However, cashews are part of the tree nut family alongside almonds and walnuts, and have been found by some studies to cause an even more severe allergic reaction.
Of course, it is quite possible to be allergic to both types of nut - hence the product’s recall.
A company spokesperson says that the product - in a 200g pack size, with ‘Best before’ end: 07/2018, and Batch code: 7292 7291 - was only available in three regional areas (Neston, Darlington and Goldthorpe, but anyone having purchased a pack from the batch is advised to return it to the store from which it was bought.
Meanwhile, Lidl is recalling three varieties of its Alesto Snacking Pockets because the labelling is not in English.
This means the product is a possible health risk for anyone who has an allergy to cashew nuts, almonds or hazelnuts, and/or a sensitivity to sulphite dioxide/sulphites.
The affected products, all in 25g packs, are:
Alesto - Summertime Strawberry & Nut (Seriously Berry). Allergen: Cashew nuts
Crunchy Seed & Nut. Allergen: Cashew nuts, almonds
Alesto - Golden Fruit & Nut. Allergen: Sulphur dioxide, hazelnuts
The company have advised anyone having purchased the items to return them to the store from where they were bought for a full refund.