Morrisons have been forced to recall batches of an own-brand ready meal over concerning health fears for customers.
The supermarket giant made the decision to pull the 400g Italian Penne Bolognese Bake from stores due to a labelling error that could result in allergic reactions.
Labels for the pre-prepared rich tomato and beef ragu dish did not state that celery is one of the ingredients.
According to the NHS, if an individual with an intolerance to celery were to consume the plant, they could have an anaphylactic shock.
An anaphylactic shock is an extreme – and sometimes life-threading- allergic reaction.
Other symptoms of hypersensitivity to the stalky vegetable include the swelling of the tongue, lips or throat. Difficulty breathing and vomiting can also occur in some individuals.
A statement released by the Food Standards Agency addressed the issue: ‘Morrisons is recalling the above product from customers and have contacted the relevant allergy support organisations, who have told their members about the recall.
‘The company has also issued a point-of-sale notice to its customers. These notices explain to customers why the product is being recalled and tell them what to do if they have bought the product.’
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In their own announcement, Morrisons were keen to apologise to shoppers: ‘We apologise for the inconvenience this may cause and assure customers of our continuing commitment to the highest standard of product quality and safety.’
Anyone who has purchased the Italian Penne Bolognese Bake is advised to return it for a refund.
The Morrisons recall comes just days after Quorn were forced to remove 15,600 meat-free tikka masala and rice meals from stores.
Quorn’s decision came after a number of consumers reported finding small pieces of rubber in the sauce of their curry.