A recall was issued this weekend for all ham products sold in Britain. According to the British government, Food Standards Agency (FSA)The Glensallagh Glazed Ham and Grilled American Style Cajun Shaved Ham both have undeclared wheat. People with gluten intolerance or allergy are at serious risk.
Glensallagh Glazed American Style Cajun Shaved Ham sold at Lidl Northern Ireland grocery shops in the United Kingdom. The packages contained 130 grams and the batch codes 5348A6, 5293HS, or 5234L3 on the labels. The recall products were recalled with use-by dates of June 3, 2016, 15 June 17, June 17, or June 22, 2022. To spread the word, the retailer has already sent a notice to its customers. Lidl NI also reached out to support groups for allergy sufferers in order to warn their members.
Customers who purchased this product may return it to Lidl NI and receive a full refund. Customers can dispose of the product if they don’t want it. According to the FSA website, it treats “Allergy Alerts”It is different from other withdrawals or recalls in the U.K. It reads: “Sometimes foods have to be withdrawn or recalled if there is a risk to consumers because the allergy labelling is missing or incorrect or if there is any other food allergy risk. When there is a food allergy risk, the FSA will issue an Allergy Alert.”
Gluten allergies and wheat allergies, just like other types of food intolerances can be very severe and sensitive. Glensallagh Ham would only be effective if someone has a severe case of wheat allergy, celiac disease, or a very severe case. Wheat allergy symptoms can be developed within minutes or hours.
According to Mayo ClinicThese symptoms can include itching, swelling, irritation, or pain in the throat, mouth, or on the skin. They might also experience nausea, vomiting, difficulty breathing or nasal congestion. An allergic person may experience severe reactions, such as anaphylaxis.
Celiac disease, meanwhile, causes an immune system reaction to gluten – a specific protein present in wheat. It can cause symptoms like diarrhea, gas, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, constipation, and bloating. It can also cause anemia, loss or damage to bone density, skin rashes (mouth ulcers), fatigue, joint pain, and headaches. It can also cause nerve system injuries that may manifest as numbness, tingling, cognitive impairment, and problems with balance.
To confirm that you have these symptoms, it is best to consult a doctor. For more information about food recalls, visit the CDC.