Waitrose urgently recalls chocolate cupcakes due to allergy risk

Waitrose urgently recalls chocolate cupcakes due to allergy risk

Waitrose has urgently recalled its chocolate mini cupcakes after “undisclosed” walnuts were discovered.

The pack of nine own-brand cupcakes costing £3.25 poses a “possible health risk for anyone with an allergy to walnuts”, according to the food safety watchdog.

The supermarket said there was a “packaging error” which led to some packets mistakenly containing a coffee and walnut cupcake, and the products have been pulled from the shelves.

A Waitrose spokesperson added: “We’re recalling this product as a precaution, due to the presence of undisclosed walnuts.

“This is because the wrong cupcakes were mistakenly put in the packing. We’re sorry for the inconvenience and will be offering customers a full refund.”

The wrong products were mistakenly put in the packaging of the chocolate mini cupcakes (Waitrose)

The Food Standards Authority said: “If you have bought any of the above product and have an allergy to walnuts, do not eat it.

“Instead, return it to the store from where it was bought for a full refund.”

Tree nut allergies are more common in older children and adults than in infants.

The NHS says tree nuts include almonds, brazil nuts, cashew nuts, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, pistachios and walnuts.

Natasha’s Law, enacted in April 2021, states several key allergens including some nuts even in minute quantity should be listed on pre-packaged food.

Symptoms usually start straight after eating the nut. They can include a rash, swelling of the lips or around the eyes, and itching. Some children have an itchy throat, others feel sick or vomit.

Severe reactions are much less common but may include difficulty breathing like wheezing or throat swelling, feeling faint, or dizziness. These are signs of anaphylaxis and need urgent medical attention.

NHS food allergy advice

Call 999 if:

  • Your lips, mouth, throat or tongue suddenly become swollen
  • You’re breathing very fast or struggling to breathe (you may become very wheezy or feel like you’re choking or gasping for air)
  • Your throat feels tight or you’re struggling to swallow
  • Your skin, tongue or lips turn blue, grey or pale (if you have black or brown skin, this may be easier to see on the palms of your hands or soles of your feet)
  • You suddenly become very confused, drowsy or dizzy
  • Someone faints and cannot be woken up
  • A child is limp, floppy or not responding like they normally do (their head may fall to the side, backwards or forwards, or they may find it difficult to lift their head or focus on your face)

You or the person who is unwell may also have a rash that is swollen, raised or itchy.

These can be signs of a serious allergic reaction and may need immediate treatment in hospital.

Source: independent.co.uk