Xsell Mini Vegetable Samosas contain several undeclared allergens

Allergen Recall: Xsell Mini Vegetable Samosas

Allergen Recall: Heron Foods' Xsell Mini Vegetable Samosas


Xsell Mini Vegetable Samosas

Heron Foods is recalling their XSell Mini Vegetable Samosas. Some of these packs may contain Chicken Tikka Samosas and the soya, wheat (gluten) and milk that they contain is not mentioned on the label.

Soya Beans

Soya is one of the 14 allergens that need to be clearly highlighted on the packaging of any food that contains it. an allergy to soya may not be as common as allergies to milk, eggs, peanuts or fish, but a severe allergy to soya is just as life threatening.

Soya is a bean (legume), which can be eaten as is, but is also added to many foods. They are often dried and made into soya flour, which gets added to many different types of food dishes, even where you don't expect them (baked beans, for instance!). Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP), soya meat and soya chunks are also made from soya. Soya milk is also often used as an alternative to cow's milk or as an alternative to breastmilk. When the immature bean in the pod is used, it is called 'edamame', which is often used in Asian cooking. So those with an allergy to soya also need to steer clear of edamame.

Severe Food Allergy

A food allergy is caused when the body mistakenly creates the antibody Immunoglobulin E (IgE) as a reaction to certain foods, or other allergens such as wasp or bee stings, medication (for instance, penicillin) or latex. This triggers a severe immune response, releasing large amounts of histamines and other substances in the body. This can lead to local reactions, like vomiting and diarrhoea, itching or swelling of the skin, sneezing, wheezing and coughing. When the reaction becomes systemic (ie, affecting the whole body), this reaction can turn into anaphylaxis, which is a life threatening condition.

Soya Allergy

Allergic reactions to soya among children are often mild, and can just cause a rash. But sometimes, the reaction becomes systemic, leading to anaphylactic shock, which is life threatening.

For some people, the antibody Immunoglobulin E (IgE) does not become 'involved', and their symptoms tend to involve their digestive system, giving them symptoms such as stomach pains, diarrhoea, vomiting, acid reflux and colic. Very rarely, Food Protein Induced Enterocolitis Syndrome (FPIES) may occur, leading to diarrheoa and severe and repeated vomiting which happens 2-3 hours after the exposure to the soya allergen (this can happen with other allergens as well). This is more common in babies and very young children, who are, of course, much more susceptible to dehydration and other complications.

Wheat Allergy

To read more about wheat and gluten allergies, click here. This opens in a new window.

Milk Allergy

To read more about milk allergies, click here. This opens in a new window.

Exact Product Recalled

Now we know why it could be so uncomfortable or even devastating if someone with an allergy to these undeclared ingredients were to eat one of these samosas, we can go back to the actual food recall.

The Heron Foods' Xsell Mini Vegetable Samosas that are being recalled are:

Pack size: 450g
'Best before' date: August 2018
Batch Codes: All batch codes are affected

To read the Food Safety Standards recall notice, go here, and to read Heron Foods' recall notice, click here.

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