Original article from Kent Live
In an unbelievably ironic turn of events, Sainsbury's has issued an urgent recall of one of its vegan products – as it was decidedly not vegan at all.
The food retailer said in a statement the offending item contained milk, pork and beef, despite not being declared on the packaging.
Company branded Love Your Veg Butternut Squash & Lentil Lasagne was found to have been entirely mislabelled, meaning that many were shipped actually containing a decidedly non-vegan Sainsbury’s Bolognese Melt.
The firm said: "As a precautionary measure, we are asking customers who have purchased the above product with a use by date of 17th July only and have an allergy or an intolerance to milk, or who do not eat pork or beef not to eat it and to return it to their nearest Sainsbury’s store, where they will receive a full refund."
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It adds: "No other Sainsbury’s products have been affected by this issue. We would like to apologise for the inconvenience this may cause."
The only items effected are those with the aforementioned use-by date, so be sure to check your fridges and freezers before you start cooking dinner – or throw out a perfectly fine vegan lasagne.
Explaining the mix-up the company said the recall was "due to a packaging error" and the retailer was "urgently investigating with our supplier and are asking customers who bought this product not to consume it."
A small number of products were affected by the error and Sainsbury’s said that no customers had yet reported any illnesses after eating the product.
The product has been removed from sale and the company is investigating with a mystery supplier who it has chosen not to reveal.
Customers can return the item to the store for a refund and anybody needing further details can contact Sainsbury’s Careline on 0800 636 262.