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No nuts warning on bag of... nuts

Published 26/04/2013 | 16:01

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Supermarket chain Booths has withdrawn its Whole Hearted Roasted Monkey Nuts because the label does not say the packet contains peanuts

A supermarket chain has withdrawn bags of nuts from sale - because they contain nuts.

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Booths decided to pull its Whole Hearted Roasted Monkey Nuts from the aisles because its label does not declare it contains peanuts.

The firm has stores in Lancashire, Cumbria, Yorkshire, Cheshire, and a recently-opened branch at MediaCityUK in Salford.

A spokesman for the company said: "Booths is withdrawing some batches of its Whole Hearted Roasted Monkey Nuts, because the presence of peanuts is not declared on the label. This makes the product unsuitable for anyone with an allergy to peanuts.

"Booths takes the accurate labelling very seriously, particularly surrounding issues on allergen advice. Our technical manager Waheed Hassan alerted the Food Standards Agency (FSA) about this labelling error immediately as well as posting notices in all Booths stores."

Mr Hassan added: "It is our responsibility as retailers to accurately record allergy advice, and 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."

Customers with an allergy to peanuts are advised not to eat the nuts and return the bags to their nearest Booths store for a refund, says the company.

A FSA spokeswoman said: The packaging does not state that the product contains peanuts, which is a specific allergen that's listed in legislation.

"People who are allergic to peanuts may not be allergic to other types of nuts. Without the correct information on the packaging, people with an allergy to peanuts who might not know or make the connection between peanuts and monkey nuts, for example children, might eat the product and experience an adverse reaction."

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