Hoo Ling Limited is recalling their Samlip Fresh Udon Noodles due to incorrect allergens mentioned on the label.
The allergen stated is soya. However, the product contains no soya beans, but instead, it contains the allergen wheat (gluten).
According to Allergy UK, reactions to wheat can be due to a variety of reasons.
An immediate allergy is caused by the body producing IgE antibodies to one or more proteins found in the wheat grain. This kind of wheat allergy is more common in children, though adults can have it as well. Symptoms can occur within minutes or up to 2 hours after eating the wheat containing product and include rhinitis, asthma, hives (urticaria), swelling (angio-oedema) or anaphylaxis. Vomiting, diarrhoea, abdominal pain and a flare up of eczema can also occur.
Some people can have a serious immediate allergic reaction if they exercise after eating a wheat containing product. These allergic reactions can be severe, and lead to anaphylaxis, a life threatening condition.
A delayed reaction to wheat does not involve those IgE antibodies and can occur between several hours and several days to take effect. Sympptoms include diarrhoea or worsening of excema.
Coeliac Disease is an autoimmune reaction to gluten proteins found in wheat and other grains, like barley and rye. This autoimmune reaction causes damage to the lining of the small intestine which decreases the ability of the gut to absorb nutrients; this can lead to nutritional deficiencies. Symptoms can include feeling bloated, diarrhoea, nausea, wind, constipation, tiredness, sudden or unexpected weight loss, hair loss, joint or bone pain, pins and needles, infertility or repeat miscarriages and anaemia, and sometimes also dermatitis herpetiformis.
Intolerance due to gut fermentation can cause Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) like symptoms such as feeling bloated, having gas, gurgling and abdominal pain. These symptoms are caused by bacteria in the large intestine fermenting the poorly absorbed fructose molecules found in wheat (and some other food products).
Gluten sensitivity is a newly recognised condition, and it is still unclear whether the symptoms are caused by a reaction to the gluten or another protein found in wheat. Symptoms can including abdominal pain, altered bowel habit, bloating, nausea and reflux. It is also associated with symptoms such as foggy mind, joint pains, fatigue, depression, headaches, anxiety and a general lack of well being.