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MG Legal’s solicitors that specialise in food allergy compensation claims, have been made aware that all types and flavours of PRAN Noodles Easy Instant Cup Noodles have potentially been contaminated with soya, which is not listed on the ingredients. 

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Which items have been recalled? 

A recall notice has been issued for all of the following types and barcodes: Beef Flavour 841165141463, Chicken Flavour 841165141456, Masala Flavour 841165141432, Vegetable Flavour 841165141449. Soya, a potential allergen, is missing from the labels of these products and so the product is deemed a safety risk. 

Why does soya matter in a food product? 

As with many substances, people can be allergic to soya, with an estimated 0.3% of Europeans having a soya allergy. Soya allergy, as with many allergies, has a variety of reactions depending on the individual and the amount consumed. However, as with many allergies, the most serious consequences can be severe anaphylaxis and death. For this very reason, it is a legal requirement to publish all ingredients and potential contaminants that might cause allergic reactions on packaging of pre-packed food. 

What are the symptoms of soya allergy? 

Just the same as many allergies, symptoms can vary between very mild to very severe symptoms. The most common symptoms are categorised as follows: 
• Oral allergy syndrome: which can include tingling, swelling and blistering. 
• Digestive system issues: including abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhoea. 
• Skin Allergy reactions: Symptoms include itching, redness, hives as well as exacerbating eczema 
• Airways reactions: Including allergic rhinitis and asthma type symptoms 
• Anaphylaxis: The definition of the most severe allergic reactions which include severe breathing difficulties due to swollen airways, anaphylactic shock, circulatory problems and in the most severe cases, or those which are not quickly treated; death. 
MG Legal’s solicitors that specialise in food allergy compensation claims, are well aware that every person is different and that each reaction can be different. This is why we approach only the most trusted medical experts, directly rather than via a medical agency, to ensure our medical evidence is the best and most accurate it can possibly be. 

Do I have a soya allergy? 

It is far more common to have an allergy to soya as a child, with around 1 in every 250 children having some form of allergy. Often this is a ‘primary food allergy’ as it comes from the soya food product itself. 
As soya is often not the main ingredient in food, but a filler or seasoning, allergy to soya particularly later in life can often be called ‘pollen-food syndrome’ or a ‘secondary food allergy’. The reason for the “pollen” reference is that people who are allergic to soya have often been allergic to pollen from birch, hazel or alder flowers which is often a point to start. If you are allergic to those pollens, you may well also be allergic to soya. 
Ultimately, the only way to be sure is to be tested, often through eating diaries and deductive tests usually in the form of skin and blood tests and finally, what is known as a “provocative test” where you are exposed to soya to see if it is this which causes your reaction. 

Can soya allergy be treated? 

In short, the answer is no, it cannot. The best way to cope with a soya allergy is to avoid foods with soya as an ingredient. Some foods are obvious, but other will have the soya listed as an allergen of potential ingredient. This is why the lack of warning on the PRAN Noodles Easy Instant Cup Noodles is so concerning and has led to a full recall. Whilst many long-term soya-allergic individuals might know what does and does not contain soya, others will not, and it is not unusual for foods to change in composition over time – how many times have we seen that label proclaiming “new improved flavour”? 

What to do if I am exposed to soya but was not warned? 

All food manufacturers and vendors are obliged to give easily accessible information on their food products. In the case of freshly prepared food that is not pre-packaged, this does not necessarily have to be on the packaging, but must be available to you. 
If you are unfortunate enough to suffer an allergic reaction to unknown soya, the first thing to do is to ensure you are safe and seek medical attention. 
Should you suffer a reaction and were not warned about soya, or any other allergen, you are entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation as the law views an allergic reaction as a type of “injury”. Speak to MG Legal’s specialist food personal injury claims Solicitors about how we can help you. 
There are physical symptoms, and it is absolutely normal to have some psychological symptoms, such as anxiety about eating certain foods again and checking labels or the preparation methods of any fresh food. All of these injuries can amount to an award, as well as a right to recover other losses such as medical expenses, loss of earnings and care costs. 

What information will my Solicitor that specialise in food allergy compensation claims need? 

Key to proving your soya allergy claim is evidence of the item you were eating, such as a receipt for purchase, the packaging and if possible the remains of the product itself. As some food is liable to “go off” we recommend that you seal it tightly in an appropriate bag or container and either refrigerate or freeze it. This will allow testing of the product later. A key piece of evidence in pre-packed items is the packaging showing the ‘batch number’, this is usually a 6-10 digit long number, accompanied by a time-stamp in the 24 hour clock. This allows the manufacturer to trace the product back to factory and the very moment that it was made and so to identify either a known contaminated batch, a batch with incorrect packaging such as the PRAN Noodles Easy Instant Cup Noodles or any other environmental factors that could play a part. 

Tees Ltd has recalled all PRAN Easy Instant Noodle products due to soya content not listed in the ingredients. 

So, if you have a soya allergy and have experienced any of the listed symptoms after consuming those noodles, get in touch with MG Legal, your specialist food allergy contamination personal injury Solicitors, to discuss how we can help you on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis today. 
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