The Food Standards Agency has this week issued an allergy alert saying the presence of peanuts was not declared on Booths' supermarket own brand packets of monkey nuts, forcing the Lancashire chain to remove 300 packets of 350g Whole Hearted Roasted Monkey Nuts from its shelves.
The responsibility of producers to properly label their products was underlined last year, when the Tripe Marketing Board entered the world of publishing. After industry-wide consultation, it was decided to post a warning on the cover of Forgotten Lancashire and Parts of Cheshire and the Wirral that the book may contain traces of tripe.
This was a purely precautionary measure, in case any potential readers disliked the idea of reading about tripe and there have been no reported instances since then of any allergic reaction to the book - or to its successor, The Lost Films of 20th Century Spatchcock. Although this bears no cover warning, it does have a printed disclaimer on the inside pages.
Sir Norman Wrassle, Chairman of the Tripe Marketing Board, denied there had been any attempt to misguide people into unwittingly reading about tripe. "Of course there is a lot of tripe in our books, as is only to be expected, but we would never stoop so low as to mislead the British people in out attempts to persuade them to try tripe," he said in a statement issued today.