The UK Recall Causing Uproar on Social Media


The UK Food Standards Agency is being ridiculed on social media after the recall of a popular spread for mislabeling.

Whole Earth 3 Nut Butter is being pulled from the shelves because the jars do not bear a standard nut allergy warning despite the label making clear the product contains peanuts, walnuts, and pecans.

Kallo, the manufacturer of the spread, announced: “We are recalling Whole Earth 3 Nut Butter Peanut, Pecan & Walnut due to the back label not being in English”.

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What was not disclosed on the label is that traces of other nuts may be present in the spread.

The Food Standards Agency issued the following advisory: “If you have bought the above product and have an allergy to peanuts and/or pecan nuts and/or walnuts and/or other nuts, do not eat it. Instead, return it to the store from where it was bought for a full refund.”

The recall has spurred a steady stream of snark on social media. Here are some examples that we are able to print:

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We at wholeheartedly agree with the recall and applaud the FSA for vigorously enforcing the rules. Regulations regarding allergen warnings are meant to provide a standard way for consumers — who may be shopping for others with food allergies and may have been trained a certain way — to check the safety of a food product. They should be considered sacrosanct.

Furthermore, tree nut allergies are not all the same. While a person with a tree nut allergy might be able to tolerate pecans and walnuts, consuming the trace of other nuts in the spread could well mean a trip to the hospital or worse.

Labeling regulations in the US do not provide standards for warning consumers about the possible presence of allergen trace in a product, as the placement of statements such as “Manufactured in a facility that also processes milk…” are entirely voluntary. We must strengthen our regulations to protect consumers with food allergies, now estimated to number 32 million.

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