Food alert from AESAN: Undeclared mustard presence in supermarket soup

by Lorraine Williamson
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MADRID – The Spanish Agency for Food Safety and Nutrition (AESAN) has issued a warning for individuals allergic to mustard. This is regarding the undeclared presence of this allergen in Auchan’s garden vegetable soup.

The alert, identified as Ref: ES2023/286, was issued after the health authorities of the Community of Madrid notified the presence of undeclared mustard in the product’s labelling.

Details of the affected product:

  • Product Name: Garden Vegetable Soup
  • Brand: Auchan
  • Product Appearance and Packaging: 2 packets of 80 g each
  • Lot Number: 0810D3
  • Best Before Date: 04-2025
  • Unit Weight/Volume: 80 g

AESAN, through the Coordinated Rapid Exchange of Information System (SCIRI), has notified this alert with the aim of removing the affected products from the market. As a precautionary measure, individuals allergic to mustard who might have this product are urged to refrain from consuming it.

It is important to note that the consumption of this product poses no risk to the rest of the population. However, for those allergic to mustard, accidental ingestion of this allergen can trigger adverse reactions, ranging from mild to severe.

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AESAN has provided additional resources to help consumers better understand food allergies and intolerances. These resources include information on the following;

  • food allergies
  • labelling of allergenic substances and intolerances
  • celiac disease
  • lactose intolerance
  • details on the absence or reduced presence of gluten

As an additional safety measure, individuals who believe they might be affected by this alert are advised to contact the place of purchase for further guidance on how to proceed.

AESAN is working closely with relevant authorities and stakeholders to address this situation and ensure the safety and confidence of consumers. The agency continues to monitor the situation and will take necessary actions to protect public health.

For more information on this alert and access to resources provided by AESAN on food allergies and intolerances, consumers are encouraged to visit the agency’s official website.

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