Asda has recalled its garlic and parsley butter over fears it could trigger potentially deadly allergic reactions to nuts.
The butter fails to inform customers on its label that it could contain traces of peanuts, posing a threat to anyone who suffers with a nut allergy.
The product is only sold as an accompaniment on the supermarket’s fresh fish counter, but is now being recalled from all stores.
In a statement on its website, Asda warned, “We are recalling garlic and parsley butter which is provided as an accompaniment on our Fish Counter.
“There is a possibility that very low levels of peanut may be present in the butter, which is not declared.
“This means the product is a possible health risk for anyone with an allergy to peanuts.”
Serious allergic reaction
Peanuts are among one of the most common food items that both adults and children are allergic to, according to the NHS.
In some cases, even consuming “low levels” of peanut could trigger a potentially serious allergic reaction.
Some of the most common symptoms include:
- an itchy sensation inside the mouth, throat or ears
- a raised itchy red rash
- swelling of the face, around the eyes, lips, tongue and throat
- difficulty swallowing
- wheezing or shortness of breath
- feeling dizzy or lightheaded
- nausea or vomiting
- abdominal pain or diarrhoea
In more serious cases, a severe allergic reaction can cause a person to go into anaphylactic shock, and can be life threatening.
Asda is asking customers who suffer with a nut allergy and purchased the butter not to eat it.
The supermarket advised that the product can be returned to any of its stores for a full refund.
Asda said, “If you have purchased a fish product with garlic and parsley butter from our fish counter, and are allergic to peanuts, please avoid consuming it.
“You can bring it back to your nearest store where you will be given a full refund.
“You do not need your receipt.
“We are very sorry for any inconvenience caused and will ensure this doesn’t happen again.”