Tesco has issued an urgent recall of their Tesco Finest Chocolate Cake due to an error in packaging and a fear of putting nut allergy sufferers at risk.
The brand has been forced to admit that a small number of the boxes that claim to be ‘chocolate cake’ had been packed incorrectly and actually contain carrot cake.
Other than getting a surprise when you open the box to reveal the product isn’t what you intended buying, there is a potential nut allergy risk.
Walnuts were mistakenly added to the Tesco Finest Chocolate Cake with a best before date of 17 January.
As it is essential by law for all products to list their correct allergen information on every food product, this now means that the cake inside the chocolate cake packaging could instead be a carrot cake and thus contain nuts, but the ingredient is not listed.
The issue seems to have been brought to Tesco’s attention by a customer’s tweet, who wrote on January 6: ‘I bought this chocolate cake yesterday for a birthday but was surprised to find a carrot cake instead! @Tesco’.
To make up for the potentially dangerous issue, the supermarket has apologised to its customers and promised that they will happily issue a full refund to anyone who has purchased the product, even if they don’t have a receipt.
Tesco made a statement saying: ‘Our supplier has identified a manufacturing error affecting a small number of Tesco Finest chocolate cake boxes, which were mistakenly packed with Tesco Finest carrot cake that contains walnuts.
‘This means the product poses a possible health risk to anyone with a nut allergy.
‘As a precautionary measure, we are recalling this batch code from customers. No other Tesco Finest products are known to be affected.
‘If you have bought this product please return it to store where a full refund will be given. No receipt is required. Tesco apologises to our customers for any inconvenience caused.’
On hearing the news, the Food Standards Agency have added: ‘If you have bought the [chocolate cake] and have an allergy to nuts, do not eat it.
‘No other Tesco products are known to be affected.’
The product has since been removed from the website, most likely in a bid to avoid any extra concerns, but is still available in a ‘Gluten & Wheat Free’ version.
If you’d rather avoid pre-made bakes, try making our own – we’d recommend Mary Berry’s chocolate cake recipe.