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Paprika Added To FSA's Watchlist After Nut Allergy Concerns

Paprika Now Among 'Suspect Spices', May Have Nut Contamination


The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is now looking into paprika as part of its investigation into cumin contaminated with almond after concerns were raised the spice could contain traces of nuts.

The authority began testing cumin following a number of product recalls in the USA, after foodstuffs were found to be contaminated by peanut protein.

Testing by retailers revealed almond protein in a number of fajita dinner kits, including Morrison's and Aldi's own brand products and a batch of Discovery taco seasoning, Environmental Health Online reports.

The FSA's new Food Crime Unit is now looking into whether the contamination is accidental, or can be attributed to food fraud.

"We have done our own testing but the industry is testing products every day and we are not asking them to report every test that is done, just simply where there is a problem identified, which is how the Morrisons and Aldi products came to light," said an FSA spokesperson.

Allergic reactions to peanuts affect around 1.3% of people and are one of the most common causes of fatal reactions to food.

Expert Opinion
It is concerning to hear reports of the presence of nut traces in batches of paprika and cumin. Nut allergies can be extremely dangerous and may even prove fatal in some cases so it is vital that a thorough investigation is conducted to understand how the spices and products were contaminated.

“We have represented people who have suffered reactions after consuming food containing ingredients they are allergic to and have seen the impact it can have. We hope that any failings within the manufacturing process identified by the investigation are quickly rectified and consumers are reassured that the products being released to market are not contaminated with ingredients that could prove fatal to those with allergies.
Amandeep Dhillon, Partner

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