A batch of paprika is the most likely source
Several seasoning packets and fajita dinner kits have been taken off the shelves after it was discovered they were tainted with undeclared traces of almond protein which is potentially deadly for allergy sufferers.
The products were recalled after The Food Standards Agency (FSA) issued a further allergy alert this week following confirmation that a batch of paprika was the most likely source of nut protein in the recalled foodstuffs.
Allergy alerts were also issued for a tikka masala spice mix and Bart’s ground cumin.
Earlier this week, The FSA issued the warning following the recall of Morrison’s fajita meal kit, the Aldi Fiesta brand fajita dinner kit and Discovery Taco seasoning.
Santa Maria tikka masala spice mix has also been taken off the shelves following the scare, along with ten other seasoning packets produced by the company.
The FSA said paprika in a Santa Maria spice mix also contained undeclared almond protein. The agency is now investigating the supply chain of the spice. It has advised those with nut allergies who have bought the products not to consume them and return them to where they were purchased.
The levels of almond protein found in the products were low and no cases of allergic reactions linked to them have been reported to the FSA. Poco Loco UK fajita and enchilada meal kits were recalled on Thursday.
Jason Feeney, chief operating officer at the FSA, said: “The FSA is investigating these incidents and, where potential problems are identified, we are alerting the public. We are dealing with this as part of our normal incident response, and our first priority is for the safety of allergic consumers. There is no evidence of food fraud at this stage but the Food Crime Unit will be involved if evidence of food crime emerges.”
The almond protein was identified as part of a sampling programme initiated by the FSA.
A Santa Maria UK spokesperson said: “The health of our customers is our priority. We are advising those who have bought the products affected, and have an allergy to almonds or other nuts, not to eat or serve them.”