Waitrose and Aldi remember pesto for fears of peanut contamination

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Waitrose and Aldi have removed thousands of pesto jars from the market after it was discovered that they contained traces of peanuts without noticing the ingredient on their labels.

The Food Standards Agency issued an alert after discovering that 25 pesto products could have been contaminated and could pose a risk to anyone with a nut allergy.

The products in question are from the Italian sauce company Sacla, which manufactures pestos for Waitrose and Aldi in addition to its own range of brands.

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Sacla said Saturday that he had recalled every batch of his pesto containing cashew nuts because of concerns that they were contaminated with peanuts.

“Public health and safety are our number one priority, so we have made the decision to remove each batch of each pesto that contains cashews as a precaution,” the company said.

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1/17 Balkisa Zakow, 25, with her twins Hassan and Ousseni, village of Tombokiery, Niger

At nine months pregnant with twins, Balkisa Zakow, 25, was afraid of not having the energy to give birth. A devastating drought caused Balkisa’s crops to fail, food prices soared and then forced her family to separate. Her husband emigrated in search of work to earn money to support her young family, leaving her very pregnant and alone.
“Sometimes, if my husband had money, he would send it to me so I could eat. Sometimes the money just doesn’t come, “he said.” I worried about not having the energy to give birth. ”
But the seven-month-old Hassan and Ousseni twins are lucky, they were born the night after Red Cross support reached the village of Tombokiery, Niger. The Niger Red Cross provided the family with a small cash donation.
“A volunteer from the Niger Red Cross told me to go first because she saw how exhausted she was. I used the money to buy food, then went back home to sleep feeling relieved. Before dawn I had given birth to my twins.

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02/17 Aissa Garba, 65, looks out the window of her house in the village of Tombokiery, in southern Niger

Last year’s drought made Aissa’s crop fail, leaving the family with nothing to eat. In the Sahel, rainfall has become erratic and humid seasons on which people depend are being reduced.
The Sahel has one of the driest climates in the world, the people who live here have always been incredibly resilient, now they have to adapt and survive increasingly harsh conditions.
The region is almost one degree warmer than in 1970 and could increase by several degrees by the end of the century. Episodes of heat, desertification, crop loss and increasingly unpredictable weather patterns are reducing people’s ability to feed. Mothers are forced to eat only one meal a day so that their children can eat.

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3/17 Herbs are dried at the entrance of Aissa’s house

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