Pesto products recalled due to peanut contamination
21 February 2020:
There have been several pesto products recalled in recent weeks because they contain an undeclared allergen (peanut). The peanuts were in one of the ingredients (cashews) used in these products.
Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia (A&AA) has worked with Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) and they have released a statement on the FSANZ website: www.foodstandards.gov.au/consumer/generalissues/Pages/-Undeclared-peanut-in-imported-pesto-products-containing-cashews.aspx
A&AA is continuing to work with industry stakeholders to find out where and how the contamination is occurring and they expect more products to be recalled in the near future.
Some manufacturers are now starting to return potentially contaminated products to shelf, with the addition of a precautionary allergen labelling (PAL) statement. It is important that consumers take PAL statements for peanut seriously when eating products containing cashew if they have a peanut allergy.