Pancake recall issued
Consumers may want to exclude pancakes from their breakfast following an urgent recall. On July 20, Hovis Ltd. recalled certain pancake mixes after it was found to contain an undeclared allergen. The recalled Food Service Ormo (Hovis) Frozen Buttermilk Pancakes contain egg, which is not listed on the label, which means the pancakes pose a life-threatening risk to some consumers.
The recall originated in the UK, where the UK Food Standards Agency alerted consumers to the recall in a notice. According to the advisory, the recall involves Ormo (Hovis) Food Service Buttermilk Frozen Pancakes sold in a box containing 12 packs of four frozen pancakes. The recall includes all lot codes and all products manufactured with expiration dates, which can be found on the label on the side of the box, between February 8, 2023 and July 11, 2023. Images of the recalled product may be found in a point-of-sale notice issued by Hovis Ltd, which can be viewed here.
According to the recall notice, the pancakes were recalled because “the product contains egg, making it a potential health hazard for anyone with an egg allergy or intolerance.” The Mayo Clinic notes that egg allergy is one of the most common food-related allergies in children. Symptoms often begin to appear a few hours after eating eggs or foods containing eggs. Signs and symptoms “range from mild to severe and may include rash, hives, nasal congestion, vomiting or other digestive issues.” In rare cases, egg allergy can cause anaphylaxis, which is a life-threatening reaction. Egg allergy can occur as early as infancy, although most, but not all, children “outgrow their egg allergy before adolescence.”
Due to the health risk that pancakes pose to some consumers, people with an egg allergy or intolerance are advised not to eat the recalled products. Instead, products should be returned to the place of purchase for a full refund. The Food Standards Agency said the company “has been urged to contact the relevant allergy support organizations who will notify their members of the recall” and also issued a point-of-sale notice to its customers. Point-of-sale notices inform customers of the recall, explain why the product is being recalled, and also inform consumers of what to do if they have purchased the recalled product. The advisory does not specify whether any adverse reactions have been reported in connection with the recalled pancakes.