Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Asda recall popular Christmas product – ‘Unsafe to eat’

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It’s meant to be the most wonderful time of the year, but for anyone who has bought pickled walnuts as an accompaniment to their Christmas cheese board, a food recall alert has been issued. The specific product that needs to be returned to the store is Opies Pickled Walnuts, which are sold in Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Asda, as well as direct from Bennett Opie Ltd. Here is everything you need to know. 

Bennett Opie Ltd is recalling Opies Pickled Walnuts because they may contain mustard and sulphites which are not mentioned on the label. 

As a result of a packaging error, some jars may contain pickled cornichons and onions with mustard and sulphites as ingredients that are not declared on the label. 

This means the product is a possible health risk for anyone with an allergy to mustard and/or a sensitivity to sulphur dioxides and/or sulphites.

The product code is L1327. 

The pack size is 390g and the batch code is L1327. 

The best before date on the product is 11/2024. 

The allergens of concern are mustard, sulphur dioxide and/or sulphites. 

A product recall notice has been issued by Bennett Opie Ltd. 

Anyone who has bought Opies Pickled Walnuts has been informed: “If you have one of the affected jars, please contact our Care Team on 01795 476154 Lines open 9am – 5pm weekdays. 

“Or email [email protected]” 

Bennett Opie Ltd added: “No other Opies products are affected. 

“We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this error.” 

The Food Standards Agency advice to customers is: “If you have bought the above product and have an allergy to mustard and/or a sensitivity to sulphur dioxide and/or sulphites, do not eat it. 

“Instead return it to the store from where it was bought for a full refund.” 

While picked walnuts are considered a suitable accompaniment for cheeses, many people have them with cold turkey or ham. 

Thus anyone having bought them for Christmas should check the product’s packaging. 

About allergy alerts: 

The FSA explains: “Sometimes there will be a problem with a food product that means it should not be sold. 

“Then it might be ‘withdrawn’ (taken off the shelves) or ‘recalled’ (when customers are asked to return the product). Sometimes foods have to be withdrawn or recalled if there is a risk to consumers because the allergy labelling is missing or incorrect or if there is any other food allergy risk. 

“When there is a food allergy risk, the FSA will issue an Allergy Alert.”

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