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Food safety 'madness' removes nuts from Ulverston store

A BIZARRE decision has forced staff at an Ulverston supermarket to take perfectly good packets of nuts off the shelves – because they may contain nuts.

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NUTS RULING Booths supermarket, Ulverston

All Booths supermarkets are affected by the labelling issue that means packets of its own brand Whole Hearted Roasted Monkey Nuts have had to be withdrawn.

Because the packs do not carry a specific warning stating that they contain peanuts, the company has issued instructions for the product to be taken off the shelves.

Ulverston store manager David Sellers said it was an unusual decision but his staff have fully complied with the orders.

He said: “What we have done is pull the stock and returned it to central distribution.

“We don’t believe it is a problem. We have sold the product forever – there is nothing wrong with it.”

A statement from the Food Standards Agency said: “EH 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 a possible health risk to those who are allergic to peanuts.

“Customers with an allergy to peanuts are advised not to eat this product but to return it to the nearest EH Booths store for a full refund.”

Moira Austin, helpline manager for the Anaphylaxis Campaign, said: “Although Booths’ mislabelling of peanuts may appear trivial, it is part of a broader issue with the labelling of allergens in products.

“Peanuts are one of the 14 major allergens that must, under European directive, be declared in the form in which they appear, whenever they are used, at any level, in pre-packed foods.

“So the term ‘peanut’ must legally appear on the label.

“That of course includes products that are 100 per cent peanut, such as the product in question.

“Not declaring major allergens could have dire consequences for those affected by severe allergies, as continuity and clarity of labelling is key to knowing whether foods are safe to consume or not.”

Have your say

Unfortunately everything needs to cater for the people with no intelligence or common sense. You could imagine someone suing booths for the pack not been labelled as peanuts. Hence why take away coffees state,contains hot liquid. It's not just H&S gone mad, it's a culture of blame in society for people too lazy and stupid to make their own way in life and always looking for the quick buck.

Posted by Steve on 3 May 2013 at 20:41

The health risk isn't the label (which are not 'mislabelled'by the way, the packets are labelled 'Peanuts'), the health risk is the stupidity of the consumer. If the consumer is peanut-allergic and eats a packet of peanuts because it does not carry a health warning, the idiot deserves to die. And to get a Darwin Award for terminal stupidity.

Posted by Chris Taylor on 30 April 2013 at 18:21

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