Allergen Recall: Alamgeer Bassar Curry Powder by Alamgeer Foods Ltd

Allergen Recall: Alamgeer Bassar Curry Powder

Allergen Recall: Alamgeer Bassar Curry Powder


Curry Powder

Alamgeer Bassar Curry Powder

Masala, or Bassar, is a term that comes from the Indian subcontinent, and is used for a spice mix in certain proportions. It can be either a combination of dried spices, such as this Alamgeer Bassar Curry Powder, or made into a paste (sing a mix of spices and other ingredients).

This Alamgeer Bassar Curry Powder

This curry powder is being recalled because it contains an allergen, mustard. All allergens need to be clearly emphasized (see the information below), which in this case it isn't.

This means that it could be a health hazard for people who have an allergy or intolerance to mustard - this could show itself as, for instance abdominal pain, or go as far as to send a person into anaphylactic shock, which could kill them within minutes.,,

Allergen Labelling

There is clear guidance on how allergens should be labeled, whether this is for foods sold already packaged, or sold loose. There is also clear guidance on how allergens should be presented for those serving food.

In the 'Food allergen labelling and information requirements under the EU Food, Technical Guidance', it clearly states:
"62. This specifies that mandatory information about the presence of the Annex II ingredients which cause allergies will need to be emphasised from the other ingredients within the ingredients lists by means of contrasting font, size, style or background colour. For example: ‘INGREDIENTS: Oatmeal, sunflower oil, prawn (crustacean)’."

So, in this case, the allergen nustard has not been clearly emphasised from the other ingredients in the ingredients lists.

Those with an allergy or intolerance to these allergens, may quickly skim over the ingredients list in order to see if any of the allergens they react to, are present. If they didn't, buying food would take a very long time for them... This may also be the case for those who buy or prepare food on their behalf; they may not realise that the food does contain those (potentially deadly) allergens

Alamgeer Foods Ltd's Recall

Product

Pack Size

Best Before

Batch Code

Allergens

Alamgeer Bassar Curry Powder

800g

12/11/2010

000008

Mustard

To read the Food Standards Agency's recall notice, click here. To see Alamgeer Foods Ltd's own recall notice on the FSA website, click here. We could not find any information regarding this recall on Alamgeer Food's own website...