What is Seafood?
Seafood is any form of sea life or sea creature which is regarded as food. For most people, this is predominantly fish or shellfish, such as crustaceans and molluscs.
The common fish that people eat on a day to day basis can include cod, anchovy, haddock, mackerel, pilchards, plaice, salmon, sardine, sea bass, tuna, and whitebait. There are many more varieties of fish that people eat, but these are the common fish that cause allergies which our allergy compensation solicitors come across.
Crustaceans are usually crab, crayfish, lobster, prawn, shrimp, and scampi, whilst Molluscs include mussel, octopus, oyster, scallop, clam and squid.
What food groups can cause fish allergy reactions?
If you suffer from an allergy to Seafood, or a specific fish or shellfish, you should check the ingredients list on all food you consume. However, in particular, you should watch out for:
Asian food, such as fried rices, or the stocks and sauces other asian food is cooked in can often contain fish or shellfish.
Rice dishes, such as paella, again often include stocks or sauces made of fish or shellfish.
Italian food may contain hidden fish, such as Anchovy, in the sauces. It may even have fish that is not hidden, such as prawns or tuna on pizza.
Condiments or sauces, such as Worcestershire sauce and caesar salad dressing, contain fish.
Vitamins and supplements, as these can often contain small amounts of seafood proteins.
This list is certainly not exhaustive, and our allergy compensation solicitors would always recommend checking the ingredients of your food before consuming any if you suffer from seafood allergies. You should also ensure you make your servers in a restuarant or takeaway establishment aware of your allergies, to help prevent cross contamination.
Fish and Crustacean Allergy Claim Examples
Taiko Foods recalls Taiko Chicken Katsu Bites with Teri Mayo Sauce because of undeclared crustaceans
Taiko Foods is recalling Taiko Chicken Katsu Bites with Teri Mayo Sauce because some packs have been mispacked with prawn bites that contain crustaceans which are not mentioned on the label. This means the product is a possible health risk for anyone with an allergy to crustaceans.
Product details: Taiko Chicken Katsu Bites with Teri Mayo Sauce (98g), use by: 10 February 2023. The Use by date can be found on the front of the pack.
What you should do?
For more information contact Taiko Foods Ltd via 02087491515 or email@example.com.
Vegan food and allergens
When you buy vegan food, you might not expect it to contain any trace amounts of milk, egg, fish, crustaceans and molluscs. However, trace amounts of cross contamination can occur when vegan food is produced in a factory or kitchen that also handles non-vegan food.
This is why packaging for some vegan products sometimes include precautionary allergen labelling such as ‘may contain’. This means the products could include traces of allergens such as milk, eggs, fish, molluscs and crustaceans, which could pose a risk if you have a food allergy to these.
It very important to read the label to see if the product is safe for you, even if it is a ‘vegan’ product. You should also be very clear about your allergy/intolerance when ordering vegan food while eating out, to ensure that the meal that is served is safe for you.
Marks & Spencer recalls Count on Us Thai style green chicken Curry because of undeclared crustaceans and molluscs
Marks & Spencer is recalling Count on Us Thai style green chicken Curry because some packs contain crustaceans and molluscs which are not mentioned on the label. This means the product is a possible health risk for anyone with an allergy to crustaceans and/or molluscs.
Product details: Count on Us Thai style green chicken Curry (350g), use by: 22 January 2023. Only the displayed date code is impacted. No other M&S products are affected.
Advice to Consumers
If you have bought the above product and have an allergy to crustaceans and/or molluscs, do not eat it. Instead, return it to your nearest Marks & Spencer store for a full refund. For more information contact us on 03330148555.
Cinnabon forced to clarify fish allergy advice following a complaint
The national bakery store Cinnabon says it has amended allergy advice online following a complaint.
The discrepancy was raised when a customer who bought Cinnabon products said she was horrified to find no fish allergy details were listed before she placed the order.
Trading Standards said it has been working with Cinnabon and the Food Standards Agency as a matter of urgency to remedy the situation.
One shopper from London said she ordered a Cinnabon classic buns pack and only found out it had fish products in the frosting once she opened the pack.
The woman, who did not wish to be named, said: “When I ordered from Cinnabon on Tuesday, January 3, the allergy information displayed at the point of ordering included all allergens except for the fish allergy."
"I only found out about the fish allergen when I clicked on to the additional allergy document online."
“This information was the same when I checked the website on Thursday 5."
“However, when I checked the website again on Saturday 7, the allergen information at the point of ordering had been completely removed, leaving only the option of clicking through to the complete allergen document.”
The allergy document, which is available on the Cinnabon website, lists all the ingredients in all the products.
She complained to Trading Standards locally and was told they would be taking action.
The woman said she remembered major cases where people had fallen severely ill or died from allergic reactions after consuming products which contained ingredients not properly declared on packaging, and said she "didn't want to hear of a death from this and to have known and done nothing".
She said: “Their decision to remove all the allergy information at the point of ordering, rather than adding the fish allergy information there, confirms a disregard for their customers’ health in their original decision to omit the fish allergy."
“When I looked at their website on Saturday (January 7), they still stated their products were suitable for vegetarians."
“Although this is not a health issue, it is nonetheless incorrect and misleading.”
Statement from Cinnabon
A spokesperson for Cinnabon, headquartered at Euro Garages in Haslingden Road, said: “The health and safety of customers and colleagues is our top priority."
“We are aware of an incident, which took place at the beginning of January, and we sincerely apologise that the allergen information was not visible at the point of sale on this particular occasion."
“We have since spoken to the customer and looked into this in full, and we have reached a resolution that the customer is satisfied with.”
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