Warning about mislabelled Walkers products

Press Release: 21/12/2004

About 300 retailers in the district are being contacted by Winchester City Council's environmental health team following a warning from the Food Standards Agency (FSA) about mislabelled Walkers Snack Food products.

The FSA is warning people with allergies to milk, wheat and mustard not to eat potato snacks from certain Walkers packets that have been mislabelled. Walkers Snack Foods have inadvertently packed some cheese and onion flavoured French Fries into bags labelled as ready salted flavour.

The bags of French Fries are sold individually and some people with allergies to milk, wheat and mustard may have a severe reaction to the cheese and onion flavouring, including possible anaphylactic reactions.

If the public have any of these products they should not eat them and return them to where they bought them. Further enquiries should be made to the City Council's environmental health services on 01962 848520

It is possible that up to 11,000 wrongly labelled packets are in circulation. Although the company has not been able to verify where the packets have been distributed, it is most likely that this product will be found in small retail outlets, pubs and vending machines. If you have bought one of the affected packets, contact the Walkers customer helpline on freephone 0800 274 777.

The affected product is Walkers ready salted French Fries in individual packets 'Best before' 26/02/05, all codes between GB303 318d and GBC303 319d inclusive.