Many families will have already purchased their Christmas gravy ahead of sitting down to Christmas lunch next week, one of the big supermarkets has now issued a recall warning over its gravy, which has been found to contain dangerous levels of a chemical usually used in paint thinner.
Lidl has issued warnings about two batches of Kania Gravy Granules after they were found to contain xylene, which naturally occurs in petroleum and crude oil. The supermarket is urging anyone who has the product in their cupboards not to eat it, but to return it to Lidl to get a full refund. Other products in the Kania range have not been affected.
Exposure to xylene could lead to major health issues, incuding irritation of the mouth, throat, nose and lungs. In more serious cases, it could even lead to people suffering from heart issues as well as liver and kidney damage. According to Public Health England, in worst cases, it can lead to people who have consumed it falling into a coma.
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has issued an alert on its website, as well as tweeting warnings to try to reach people before they consume the gravy. The FSA says that exposure to xylene could cause such effects as headaches, dizziness, nausea and vomiting. Products affected are the 300g packets of Kania Gravy Granules for mean and for chicken, which have best before dates of next October and November. Many people may have purchased the chicken version to go with their turkey lunch on Christmas day.
Anyone who shops at Lidl is being urged to check their cupboards. The store will be putting up display posters in its stores to make sure all of its customers are aware of the warning. No advice has yet been given for those who may already have consumed the gravy granules.