Popular family meal kit sold at Woolworths and Coles recalled

Food Standards Australia have specified the use-by date shoppers need to look out for and avoid.

A popular taco kit has been urgently recalled and pulled from shelves after it was found to contain an undeclared allergen.

The Old El Paso Hard 'n Soft taco kits (350 grams) with the best before date of June 30, 2024 contain an incorrect sachet which has milk in it despite not being noted in the ingredients list, posing a risk to those with a milk allergy or intolerance.

Old El Paso Hard 'n Soft taco kits packaging.
Old El Paso Hard 'n Soft taco kits have been recalled after milk was detected. Source: Food Safety Australia

The kit was available for purchase at Coles stores nationwide and Woolworths stores in all states except the ACT and Tasmania. It was also available in independent retailers including the IGA in Queensland and Tasmania.

Customers have been urged to return to the place of purchase and give the taco kit back in exchange for a full refund.

Incorrect sachet poses risk to Aussies with milk allergies

Both the Food Standards Australia and the NSW Food Authority issued the recall with concerns any consumption of the sachet could pose health risks to those with a milk allergy.

"Consumers who have a milk allergy or intolerance should not consume Old El Paso Hard ‘n Soft Taco Kit 350g containing a sachet labelled ‘Ckn Ndle’," Food Standards Australia said.

Woolworths and Coles stores pictured
Both Woolworths and Coles widely sell the taco kit in stores. Source: Getty

Allergy to cow's milk is one of the most common food allergies in childhood and impacts up to 2 per cent of preschool children, according to Healthdirect. The taco kit is popular with families and authorities have urged immediate disuse. Reactions from consuming milk can vary from a rash and swelling of the lips, face and eyes to anaphylaxis which can be life-threatening.

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