Co-op food recall as customers warned product could cause 'medical emergency' for some consumers

Co-op food recall as customers warned product could cause 'medical emergency' for some consumers

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Anna Barry

By Anna Barry

Published: 02/02/2024

- 09:38

Updated: 02/02/2024

- 09:40

Co-op is the latest company to recall a food product due to an undeclared ingredient

Co-op has issued a recall on a sweet treat due to an undeclared ingredient.

Co-op Treat Brookie Bar may contain milk, however this is not mentioned on the label. Customers who have an allergy or intolerance to milk or milk constituents have been warned not to eat it.

The Foods Standards Agency (FSA) said: "Co-op is recalling Co-op Treat Brookie Bar because it may contain milk, which is not mentioned on the label.

"This means the product is a possible health risk for anyone with an allergy or intolerance to milk or milk constituents."

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Co-op Treat Brookie Snack Bar

Co-op has issued a recall Co-op Treat Brookie Snack Bar


Symptoms of milk intolerance reactions include bloating, diarrhoea, constipation and IBS.

As for cow's milk allergies, this is one of the most common food allergies to affect babies and young children. While children generally outgrow this allergy by around five years old, in some people it can persist into adulthood.

Those who are allergic may have an immediate allergy or a delayed allergy. Mild to moderate symptoms of an immediate allergy can include itchy mouth, tongue and throat, swelling of lips, around the eyes or face, red raised itchy rash (often called nettle rash, hives or urticaria), vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhoea, runny nose and sneezing.

Severe symptoms of anaphylaxis include swelling of the tongue and/or throat, difficulty in swallowing or speaking or change in voice (hoarse voice), wheeze (whistling noise) or persistent cough, difficult or noisy breathing, dizziness, collapse, loss of consciousness (due to a drop in blood pressure).

Allergy UK said: "Any one or more of the following symptoms are a sign of a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) and should be treated as a medical emergency. If available, adrenaline should be given without delay and an ambulance called with the call operator informed that it is anaphylaxis."

Product details

Co-op Treat Brookie Bar

Best before: All date codes up to and including March 1, 2024

As for a delayed allergy, symptoms usually develop from two hours after consumption but can take up to 72 hours.

A notice from Co-op read: "Co-op is recalling Treat Brookie Bar as a precaution as it may contain traces of milk which is not stated on the product packaging."

Co-op told affected customers to return the product to their nearest store for a refund. Alternatively, they can contact their Customer Care Line on 0800 0686 727.

The FSA echoed this advice: "If you have bought the above product and have an allergy or intolerance to milk or milk constituents, do not eat it.


The Co-op product may contain milk which is not mentioned on the label


"Instead, return the product to the nearest Co-op store for a refund, with or without a receipt. For more information contact: 0800 0686 727"

This comes as Tesco and Sainsbury's shoppers were warned about meat product that could cause a 'life-threatening' reaction.

The FSA explained what a food recall is and why they are issued. It said: "Sometimes there will be a problem with a food product that means it should not be sold.

"Then it might be 'withdrawn' (taken off the shelves) or 'recalled' (when customers are asked to return the product).

"Sometimes foods have to be withdrawn or recalled if there is a risk to consumers because the allergy labelling is missing or incorrect or if there is any other food allergy risk.

"When there is a food allergy risk, the FSA will issue an Allergy Alert."

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