Urgent warning over cooking sauce: Food manufacturer recalls it because of undeclared allergy fears
- Japanese sauce recalled because it contains soya which isn’t on the label
- Food Standards Agency has told Britons with a soybean allergy to not eat it
A popular Japanese cooking sauce is being urgently recalled over fears it may contain soya — which isn’t mentioned on its label.
JK Foods is warning customers with a soybean allergy to not eat its Tiger Tiger Taste Japan Mirin sauce.
The Food Standards Agency (FSA), which published the alert, told people in the UK the sauce is a ‘health risk’ to anyone with an allergy to soya.
The manufacturer is recalling the product for all best before dates and offering a full refund on the 150ml sauce, even without a receipt.
The manufacturer JK Foods, issued a customer notice pictured above to recall the product, offering a full refund on the 150ml sauce, even without a receipt
It is sold at the likes of Asda for £1.60.
The FSA issues food recalls — when customers are asked to return a product — when problems are spotted with food that means it should not be sold.
In a customer notice issued by JK Foods it warns: ‘If you have bought Tiger Tiger Japan Mirin 150ml… and you have an allergy to Soybean, do not eat it.’
Mirin is a type of sweet rice wine popular in Japanese cooking and can be used as sauce or a marinade.
Ingredients of this particular product include glucose syrup, water, rice wine, acidity regulator and preservatives.
But the manufacturer failed to add that it also contained soya.
Soya allergies are caused by a reaction to the proteins found in soybeans, the NHS says.
Soya allergy symptoms can range from a mild rash, swelling of the lips or around the eyes to having an itchy throat or vomiting.
In severe cases, it can cause anaphylaxis — a severe, life-threatening reaction when swelling in the throat can block the airways.
A soybean allergy can be diagnosed by a person’s reaction to soya after being in contact with it.
The allergy can also be tested with a skin prick or blood test, but the NHS notes some people can have a positive allergy test but are able to tolerate soya without getting a reaction.
In the UK, the allergy is seen mostly in infants and preschool children, with about four in 1,000 children thought to have the allergy, according to the NHS.