Lidil recalls gravy granules contaminated with paint thinners
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Lidl is recalling gravy granules after unsafe levels of a paint thinner chemical have been discovered in batches of own brand Lidil gravy granules as the Uk heads in the busiest festive period.
The company is recalling two batches of Kania Gravy Granules after they were found to be contaminated with xylene, which occurs naturally in petroleum and crude oil, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) said.
The firm said: “If you have bought the product, do not eat it. Instead, return it to a Lidl UK store for a full refund. Other Kania products are not affected by this recall.”
Human exposure to the “harmful” chemical poses a health risk, causing irritation of the mouth, throat, nose and lungs and in severe cases lead to heart problems, liver and kidney damage and coma, according to Public Health England.
The FSA website carried the following waring: “Exposure to xylene in food products represents a health risk as it can cause adverse effects such as headache, dizziness, nausea and vomiting.
“The contaminant levels in this product exceed those set to minimise this risk and the product is therefore being recalled as a precaution.”
The products affected are 300g packets of Kania Gravy Granules for meat and for chicken with best before dates of October and November 2017. No other batches are thought to be affected.
Lidil will display notices in all stores that sold the products, and customers are being urged to return the product for a full refund when returned.