Popular pesto sauce recalled across country as undeclared nuts found

A popular pesto sauce could contain nuts and has been recalled. Source: Pixabay.

A popular pesto has been recalled in stores across Australia after it was found to contain undeclared nuts.

According to an official notice, Simplot Australia has recalled some jars of Leggo’s Basil Pesto from stores, with a best “before date of 1/12/19”. Anyone suffering from a nut allergy may have a reaction if they consume the product and are warned to seek medical advice if they’re concerned for their health. 

The warning on the Food Standards Agency states: “The recall is due to the presence of an undeclared allergen (cashew nut). The label contains warning statement for Tree Nuts, and lists the presence of almonds but fails to reflect the presence of cashew nuts.”

It warns anyone concerned for their health to seek medical advice and to return the pesto to the store of purchase for a full refund. The statement adds: “Simplot is greatly concerned about any risks to our consumers. This recall is being undertaken to ensure the safety of our consumers. We apologise for any inconvenience.”

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Some jars of Leggo’s Pesto have been recalled.

The jars of pesto in question were mainly sold in Woolworths, Coles, IGA, Foodland and Foodworks. They were sold between January 4 and January 19 in South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia, as well as some stores internationally. 

The recall affects 190g jars of Leggo’s Basil Pesto, with a Best Before Date of 1-12-19-08164.

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Leggo’s has since printed the recall notice on its official website and updated the list of ingredients online. It is a major brand in Australia, and one loved by families around the world. The website states: “For over 100 years, Leggo’s has helped teach Australians how to create, share and enjoy simple Italian food. Our Authentic ingredients and recipes have inspired Australian cooks to prepare Italian food their way. This passion for simple, great food is one that continues to drive us today.”

For further information about this recall, phone Simplot’s Consumer Information Service on 1800 061 279.

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