Recall date: 17 February 2023
My Sweet Chickpea has recalled multiple products due to milk contamination. The products have been cross-contaminated with allergens in a factory that uses milk and milk derivatives in the manufacture of other products.
Because the presence of milk is not declared on the product labels, this poses a potential health risk to people with an allergy to milk or milk constituents. If you have a milk allergy or are lactose intolerant, and have purchased any of these products, do not eat them.
All of the recalled products are in 100g packs. Here are the affected best before dates for each product.
|Product||Best before dates of affected batches|
|My Sweet Chickpea Coconut & Dark Chocolate:||26/03/2023, 22/05/2023, 27/07/2023, 30/11/2023|
|My Sweet Chickpea Dark Chocolate & Strawberry Cheesecake||26/03/2023, 22/05/2023, 27/07/2023|
|My Sweet Chickpea Tiramisu & Dark Chocolate||26/03/2023, 22/05/2023|
|My Sweet Chickpea Cinnamon & Dark Chocolate||26/03/2023, 22/05/2023|
|My Sweet Chickpea Peanut Butter & Dark Chocolate||27/07/2023|
|My Sweet Chickpea Dark Chocolate & Banana Cheesecake||26/03/2023|
|My Sweet Chickpea Dark Chocolate Chickpeas||26/03/2023|
No other My Sweet Chickpea packs are affected by this recall.
A recall notice has been placed at points-of-sale at all stores that stock these products. Major stores that stock My Sweet Chickpea products include Asda and Sainsbury’s.
If you have bought any of the products with the affected Best Before dates you are requested to return the product to the store where it was purchased for a full refund. No proof of purchase is required.
Aside from the ethical issue of having milk in a vegan product, these My Sweet Chickpea products present a health risk to people who are lactose intolerant.
Lactose intolerance arises most often with age as the body produces less lactase, the enzyme that processes the milk sugar, lactose, in the system.
While lactose intolerance is not dangerous, its symptoms can be distressing. The signs and symptoms of lactose intolerance usually begin from 30 minutes to two hours after eating or drinking foods that contain lactose. Learn more about how long allergy symptoms take to appear here.
The symptoms are diarrhoea and nausea, and sometimes vomiting. There may be stomach cramps, some bloating and excess flatulence.
None of these present a serious health risk and symptoms will usually disappear within an hour.
If you have an allergy to milk, or are generally lactose intolerant, and you experience any lasting symptoms (for more than an hour) after consuming any of the above-mentioned Sweet Chickpea products, you should seek professional medical advice from a doctor.
To continue learning about food allergies and how they can be avoided, you can find a course here.