Vegetarian product pulled from supermarket shelves as it could be a ‘health risk’

Vegetarian product pulled from supermarket shelves as it could be a ‘health risk’

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Solen Le Net

By Solen Le Net

Published: 20/04/2024

- 09:40

Undeclared allergen information could present a risk to people with Coeliac disease

A "do not eat" warning has been issued over a vegetarian product that may pose a health risk to customers.

Undeclared allergen information on the packaging of Wing Yip's TKC Vegetarian Style Mutton Pieces, could carry a "possible health risk" for individuals with intolerances to gluten and wheat.

The Food Standard Agency (FSA) issued a recall notice on its website, where it shared details about the batches concerned:

TKC Vegetarian Style Mutton Pieces 500g

  • All pack sizes, batch codes and used by dates affected: all
  • Pack size: 500g
  • Batch code: All
supermarket shelves

Customers with allergies to wheat and gluten have been urged not to eat the product


The FSA said: "Wing Yip is recalling TKC Vegetarian Style Mutton pieces because they contain wheat (gluten) which is not mentioned on the label.

“This means the product is a possible health risk for anyone with coeliac disease, and/or an allergy or intolerance to wheat or gluten."

“Wing Yip is recalling the above product from customers and has contacted the relevant allergy support organisations, which will tell their members about the recall.

“The company has also issued a recall 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.

“If you have bought the above product and have coeliac disease, and/or an allergy or intolerance to wheat or gluten, do not eat it. Instead, return it to the store from where it was purchased for a full refund.”

How does a wheat allergy affect the body?

The body's immune system responds to wheat allergies by producing immunoglobulin E (IgE).

“IgE reactions happen quickly after ingesting or inhaling wheat,” explains the Cleveland Clinic. “They usually occur within minutes, but they may occur up to four hours later.

“Reactions may include anaphylaxis, which is a severe reaction that may cause death.”

Symptoms of wheat allergies include:

  • Swelling, itching or irritation of the mouth or the throat
  • Hives, itchy rash or swelling of the skin
  • Nasal congestion
  • Headache
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Cramps, nausea, vomiting


mutton pieces

The product contains allergens not mentioned on the packaging


It comes shortly after a food recall was shared for shellfish sold at Asda that was also labelled incorrectly.

Asda urged shoppers not to eat its Succulent Cooked & Peeled King Prawns as they are labelled with the wrong use-by date, making them “unsafe to eat”.

The product recalled has the batch code L66000 and is sold with a use-by date of 21 December 2024.

The supermarket said: "We are very sorry for any inconvenience caused. If you would like any further information please contact Asda Customer Relations - 0800 952 0101."

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