Herbie's Spices has advised Food Standards Australia it is recalling select products, which were available for sale at IGA and other independent food retailers, health food stores and online food retailers nationally.
Due to the presence of undeclared allergens — peanuts and tree nuts — Herbie's Spices has recalled Raita Spice Blend (30g); Chaat Masala (50g); and Black Salt (40g).
The "best before" dates on these products are labelled from 18 July 2024 up to and including 18 July 2025, Food Standards Australia confirms.
Allergic reaction fears
The food safety hazard is that any consumers who have a peanut and/or tree nut allergy or intolerance may have a reaction if the product is consumed.
"Breathing difficulties, tongue or throat swelling, dizziness or collapse are all possible symptoms of anaphylaxis and require immediate attention," explained Prof Michaela Lucas, President of the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) and clinical immunology/allergy specialist.
Such consumers should not consume these products and should return the products to the place of purchase for a full refund, the Herbie's Spices recall advises.
What is anaphylaxis?
Anaphylaxis — potentially life-threatening allergic reactions — cause approximately 2,400 hospital admissions and approximately 20 deaths in Australia each year.
More than four million Australians live with allergic disease and that number is on the rise, according to last year's World Allergy Week hosts the National Allergy Strategy, Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy, Centre for Food & Allergy Research, and Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia.
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