Allergen Recall: Madagascan Vanilla Extract
Aldi's has mistakenly put their Moroccan Almond Extract in bottles of Madagascan Vanilla Extract. This could pose a serious health risk to those with an allergy to almonds and other tree nuts, as people would think they are adding vanilla to their food, when in reality, they are adding almonds to it.
Obviously, this would have an effect on the flavour of the food as well. It is to be hoped most people would notice something is wrong the moment they opened the bottle. However, if people do not notice this, and they have an allergy to almonds themselves, or they use it to prepare food that might then be eaten by someone with an allergy to almonds, this could lead to a severe allergic reaction, called anaphylactic shock. Anaphylactic shock, or anaphylaxis is potentially life threatening.
When a person goes into anaphylactic shock, their body is flooded with histamines, their lips, face and airways could swell up, their breathing might be impaired, their blood pressure could drop. This would happen within minutes of consuming the food. Some people with severe allergies only have to touch the food to get a severe allergic reaction. If they are not given adrenaline immediately, they could die. Here in the UK that is normally given via an adrenaline auto-injector; brands used are EpiPen, Emerade and Jext.
If you suspect someone is having an anaphylactic shock, call the emergency services immediately. In the UK, dial 999 or 112 (the European emergency number, that works here as well). Then help them with their adrenaline auto-injector. If after five minutes they have not improved, given them another injection - so they should always carry two adrenaline auto-injectors on them. Even if they seem to get better, always always get them to hospital, as they could suffer a second, biphasic reaction hours later.
To get back to this little article about Aldi's Madagascan Vanilla Extract that is really Moroccan Almond Extract, the bottles that are being recalled are small, 38ml bottles with a best before date of 12 December 2017, and a batch code of L7058. To read the original recall notice by the Food Standards Agency, click here. Aldi's own recall notice can be found on their website here.
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