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FSS and FSA update on soya lecithin investigation

In response to a small number of concerns raised by people with peanut allergy relating to contaminated soya lecithin, Food Standards Scotland (FSS) and the Food Standards Agency (FSA) are advising that there is currently no evidence of unsafe food on the market. 

FSS and FSA have been engaging with businesses and local authorities to investigate the issue and have been reassured by the evidence provided by industry to date which suggests that the incident has been controlled. 

Food Standards Scotland Chief Executive, Geoff Ogle, commented: “As soon as we were aware of the potential issue, we engaged with Local Authorities and industry, providing guidance which advised retailers to carry out their own food safety risk assessments and hold products until they could be sure they were safe. 

“So far, we have not received any information which would indicate that any unsafe food has been placed on the market, and we have received no reports of allergic reactions linked to this issue. 

“We will continue to work closely with key partners and industry to establish a clearer picture and will provide further updates should there be any change.

“Our advice to consumers remains the same - if you suffer from peanut allergy then make sure to closely follow the allergen information on products as you would normally do.”

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If you feel ill or have an allergic reaction after eating you should seek medical help immediately. NHS Inform has information on what to do in the event of an allergic reaction. 

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