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Lidl issues urgent ‘do not eat’ warning for tortilla chips over allergy fears

Lidl issues urgent ‘do not eat’ warning for tortilla chips over allergy fears

  • Supermarket fears tangy cheese flavour were wrongly put in other crisp packets 
  • Lidl urges people with an allergy or intolerance to milk to not eat the product

Packets of Lidl crisps have been recalled over fears they might trigger allergies because they contain the wrong flavour. 

The supermarket has issued a ‘do not eat’ warning for their Snaktastic chilli heatwave tortilla chips because of a packaging error.

Lidl said the crisps inside may actually be tangy cheese flavour — which contains milk.

The Foods Standards Agency has issued a warning over the ‘mis-pack’. The watchdog said: ‘The product is a possible health risk for anyone with an allergy or intolerance to milk or milk constituents.’

The supermarket chain Lidl has issued a 'do not eat' warning for their Snaktastic chilli heatwave tortilla chips over concerns they were incorrectly packaged

The supermarket chain Lidl has issued a ‘do not eat’ warning for their Snaktastic chilli heatwave tortilla chips over concerns they were incorrectly packaged

Only 200g packets with the batch code T4B3142 are affected. They have a best-before date of October 22, 2023.

No other Snaktastic products at Lidl GB are affected by this recall. 

The supermarket said: ‘If you have bought the above product and have an allergy or intolerance to milk, we advise you do not eat it.’

Milk allergy and lactose intolerance: The facts 

People who cannot consume milk are either allergic to the proteins in cow’s milk or they cannot digest the sugar in the product, known as lactose intolerance.

Milk allergy symptoms can range from just a rash and itching to vomiting, stomach cramps and diarrhoea. It can occur within minutes of eating or drinking items which contain dairy.

In severe cases, it can cause anaphylaxis — a severe, life-threatening reaction when swelling in the throat can block the airways.

Around three in 100 babies have a cow’s milk allergy but most grow out of it during their childhood.

Older children and adults who are allergic to cow’s milk tend to have a more serious allergy.

Many products found on supermarket shelves that are not typical dairy products still contain milk, such as, cereals, bread, biscuits, crackers, sauces and cakes. 

Instead it advises customers to return this product to the nearest store where a full refund will be provided. 

Lidl has contacted allergy support organisations, which will tell members about the recall and explain what to do if you have the product. 

The FSA issues food recalls – which ask customers to return a product – when problems are spotted with food that means it should not be sold. 

People who cannot consume milk are either allergic to the proteins in cow’s milk or they cannot digest the sugar in the product, known as lactose intolerance.

Symptoms can range from just a rash and itching to vomiting, stomach cramps and diarrhoea. It can occur within minutes of eating or drinking items which contain dairy.

In severe cases, it can cause anaphylaxis — a severe, life-threatening reaction when swelling in the throat can block the airways.

Around three in 100 babies have a cow’s milk allergy but most grow out of it during their childhood.

Older children and adults who are allergic to cow’s milk tend to have a more serious allergy.

Many products found on supermarket shelves that are not typical dairy products still contain milk, such as, cereals, bread, biscuits, crackers, sauces and cakes. 

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