by Andrew Thomson on November 30, 2018
Two types of baklava sold statewide are being recalled because they contain allergens, including tree nuts, which are not included on the labelling.
The Almond Baklava Triangle 250g and Four Finger Baklava 200g are produced and packaged by Al Mina Mediterranean Patisserie and distributed to Foodland, IGA and a number of smaller independent supermarkets and takeaway shops.
The issue came to light when a consumer reported an allergic reaction to SA Health after eating the dessert pastry.
The consumer did not require hospitalisation.
SA Health’s Director Food and Controlled Drugs, Dr Fay Jenkins, said anyone who has an allergy to pistachios should not eat the products.
“All food businesses are legally obliged to declare common allergens such as tree nuts which include pistachios on product labels because food allergies can cause a severe reaction, such as anaphylaxis, and can be life threatening,” Dr Jenkins said.
“While some tree nuts are declared in the list of product ingredients, pistachios are not, so we would urge anyone who has an allergy or any concerns not to consume these products and dispose of them or return them to place of purchase for a refund.
“For people who don’t have an allergy to pistachios, the products are safe to be consumed.”
Dr Jenkins said anyone with an allergy should always carefully read packaging labels and when eating out, always ask whether a menu item contains certain allergens.”