M&S food labelling errorMarks and Spencer pulls salads over soya fear

21 April 2006

Marks and Spencer has pulled batches of it bean and spinach salad from shelves over fears they could trigger a potentially deadly reaction in people allergic to soya.

The store has recalled all batches of its own brand 3 Bean & Spinach Salad with Chive Dressing because they were wrongly labelled.

The 130g salads contain edamame beans - a type of soya bean - but this isn't highlighted on the packet and there is no allergy warning.

The symptoms of soya allergy include rashes, diarrhoea, vomiting, stomach cramps and breathing difficulties. Very rarely, soya can cause anaphylaxis, a severe allergic reaction which can kill in extreme cases.

Unsafe for allergy sufferers

The affected salads are unsafe for anyone with a soya allergy and Marks & Spencer has undertaken a full product recall and point-of-sale notices will be displayed in all its stores.

In addition, the store has been in contact with the Anaphylaxis Campaign and Allergy UK who will inform all their soya allergic members of the recall via a mail shot.

Those who have bought the product and are concerned about it can return it to the nearest Marks & Spencer store for a full refund.