Costa Coffee recalls chicken and bacon pasta salad over fears it could trigger deadly allergies
COSTA Coffee shoppers should check if they've picked up a chicken and bacon pasta salad as the menu item has been recalled over allergy concerns.
The popular lunchtime dish contains fish, milk, and mustard, which are not mentioned on the label.
This means the product is a possible health risk for anyone with an allergy to fish and mustard, or an allergy or intolerance to milk or milk constituents.
Symptoms of food allergies can include an itchy mouth, throat or ears, a raised itchy red rash, swelling of the face around the eyes, lips, tongue and roof of the mouth and vomiting.
In the most serious cases allergy sufferers can go into anaphylactic shock, which can be life threatening, according to the NHS.
Costa Coffee says shoppers who've eaten the salad and feel unwell should immediately contact their doctor.
Your product recall rights
PRODUCT recalls are an important means of protecting consumers from dangerous goods.
As a general rule, if a recall involves a branded product, the manufacturer would usually have lead responsibility for the recall action.
But it's often left up to supermarkets to notify customers when products could put them at risk.
If you are concerned about the safety of a product you own, always check the manufacturer’s website to see if a safety notice has been issued.
When it comes to appliances, rather than just food items, the onus is usually on you – the customer – to register the appliance with the manufacturer as if you don't there is no way of contacting you to tell you about a fault.
If you become aware that an item you own has been recalled or has any safety notice issued against it, make sure you follow the instructions given to you by the manufacturer.
They should usually provide you with more information and a contact number on its safety notice.
In some cases, the manufacturer might ask you to return the item for a full redund or arrange for the faulty product to be collected.
You should not be charged for any recall work – such as a repair, replacement or collection of the recalled item.
Those who haven't eaten the pasta should return it to a store for a full refund.
You can also contact Costa Coffee on 0333 033 5883 if you have any concerns.
Affected packs are 290g and have a use by date of May 22 2019.
In a statement Costa Coffee said: "At Costa Coffee we take these issues incredibly seriously, which is why we withdrew the product from sale.
"We sincerely apologise to customers for any confusion."
Costa Coffee has also put up signs on its tills so customers are aware of the recall.
The Food Standards Agency says no other Costa Coffee products are known to be affected.
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