Nut fear as food products withdrawn

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Published: Friday 20th February 2015 by The News Editor

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A food company has recalled three products from sale in the UK over fears they may contain traces of almonds.

Santa Maria is recalling three seasoning and sauce items following suspicions that paprika used in them as an ingredient may have been contaminated.

The items are:

:: Santa Maria Chilli Season & Sauce, 377g, with a best before date between November 18 2017 and February 9 2018.

:: Santa Maria Enchilada Season & Sauce, 352g, best before January 10 2018.

:: Discovery Chilli Con Carne Seasoning, 30g, best before June 23 2017.

The company, formerly known as Discovery, has already recalled seven other products this week, both retail and service industry items – Discovery Taco Seasoning, 30g, best before June 24 2017; Santa Maria Fajita Spice Mix, 1200g, best before July 9 2017; Santa Maria Tikka Masala Spice Mix, 625g, best before between August 11 2016 and July 20 2016; Santa Maria Grill seasoning, 800g, best before August 4 2017; Santa Maria Chicken Seasoning, 750g, best before date July 21 2017; Santa Maria Steakhouse BBQ spice, 700g, best before June 22 2016; and Discovery Taco Seasoning, 20kg, best before June 11 2015.

The recall is being carried out following consultation with the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Almond is not on any of the products’ ingredient lists, and Santa Maria is advising anyone with an allergy to almonds or other nuts not to eat the products but to return them.

A spokeswoman for Santa Maria said: “Neither Santa Maria nor the supplier of paprika powder handles almonds or nuts in their production facilities, and Santa Maria is urgently investigating how the problem occurred.”

Published: Friday 20th February 2015 by The News Editor

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