Unsafe levels of chemical used in paint thinner – xylene – was found in two batches of Kania gravy granules sold at Lidl UK after which the supermarket chain has issued a recall of the affected products.
According to Food Standards Agency (FSA) UK, the xylene contaminant levels in the two batches of gravy granules exceed those set to minimise this risk because of which the affected products are recalled as a precaution. Only the two below mentioned batches are affected and no other batch is affected, FSA has said in a press release.
Kania Gravy Granules for Meat and Kania Gravy Granules for Chicken, both of which have a ‘best before’ use date of end of October 2017, November 2017. The affected products come in 300g pack size.
“Lidl UK is recalling Kania Gravy Granules, Meat and Chicken, 300g, Best Before Date October 2017 and November 2017
only”, Lidl UK noted in a press release. “If you have bought the above product, do not eat it. Instead, return it to a Lidl UK store for a full refund.”
The supermarket has revealed that point-of-sale notices will be displayed in all its retail stores that are selling these products, explaining to customers why the products are being recalled and telling them what to do if they have bought the product.
According to FSA, exposure to xylene through food products represents a health risk and it can cause adverse effects such as headache, dizziness, nausea and vomiting. According to Public Health England, exposure to the chemical can cause causing irritation of the mouth, throat, nose and lungs and in severe cases lead to heart problems, liver and kidney damage and coma.