Food Allergies - undeclared allergensIf you suspect that there is an undeclared allergen in a food, contact MPI Food Safety on 0800 00 83 33, or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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10 February 2020: Undeclared peanut in imported pesto products containing cashews
There have been a number of recalls of pesto products in New Zealand and Australia due to the presence of an undeclared allergen (peanuts).
Recalls of affected products in New Zealand can be found on the Ministry for Primary Industries website at: https://www.mpi.govt.nz/food-safety/food-recalls/recalled-food-products/
This issue is not isolated to New Zealand and Australia and follows recalls in Europe and the United Kingdom of pesto products that were manufactured in Italy using internationally sourced ingredients. Current information suggests that the cashew nuts imported into Italy were contaminated with peanuts.
To date there are no known reports of allergic reactions associated with the recalled pesto products in New Zealand.
The Ministry for Primary Industries is working with food safety agencies around the world via the International Food Safety Authorities Network (INFOSAN) to monitor developments. Investigations are ongoing to confirm that this issue has been contained.
Consumers with a peanut allergy are advised to be cautious when purchasing products containing cashew nuts. Consumers with allergies should always read ingredient information on labels and always avoid products with a precautionary allergen statement such as 'may contain' or 'may be present' in relation to peanuts in food products containing cashews.
Allergy New Zealand advises If you are allergic to peanuts and you have an allergic reaction to a product containing cashew, follow your Anaphylaxis Action Plan and as soon as you are able, report this to MPI Food Compliance on 0800 00 83 33, or by email: email@example.com.
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