Warning, this article (as with many others on this site) may contain sarcasm.
You may have noticed that in recent weeks an increase in the number of discount supermarkets which are recalling products due to quality control concerns. The local media, one can only assume for lack of a more interesting story have jumped all over it, warning its readers of the dangers of these products and advising their immediate return. Since we are a media outlet of international acclaim (someone, somewhere must have acclaimed us, right?) we have not been reporting on the recalls. We have readers all over the world, local supermarket issues would be of no interest to them… until now.
The latest supermarket to jump on the recall wagon is Lidl, under fears that its tins of herring may contain fish… No, really.
According to The Western Daily Press (which may, or may not contain Tories),
German discount supermarket is recalling its own brand tinned herring fillets because it does not warn shoppers they may contain fish.
It goes on to list other ingredients that are included, but not listed (at least not in English) in a variety of herring related products including that the herring fillets in mustard do not list that they contain mustard.
If you are allergic to herring, or mustard, or both, do not eat the herring fillet in mustard. Seriously, that is not a good idea.
As you know, here at Newsnibbles, we don’t just report on other people’s scraps, oh no. We have done our own investigative report into other products that may be improperly listed. Having made one of our interns get up off the sofa and check the fridge we have discovered that a punnet of red seedless grapes does not contain a warning that it may contain grapes, and tomatoes do not warn that the product may contain tomatoes. If you are allergic to either grapes or tomatoes we would recommend you not eating these products either.
For those of you who still aren’t sure, we have a definition of herring pasted below, c/o Wikipedia (don’t cite them at university, kids, the tutors don’t like it).
Herring often move in large schools around fishing banks and near the coast. The most abundant and commercially important species belong to the genus Clupea, found particularly in shallow, temperate waters of the North Pacific and the North Atlanticoceans, including the Baltic Sea, as well as off the west coast of South America. Three species of Clupea are recognised, and provide about 90% of all herrings captured in fisheries. Most abundant of all is the Atlantic herring, providing over half of all herring capture. Fishes called herring are also found in India, in the Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean and Bay of Bengal.
Herring played a pivotal role in the history of marine fisheries in Europe, and early in the twentieth century their study was fundamental to the evolution of fisheries science. These oily fish also have a long history as an important food fish, and are often salted, smoked, or pickled.
If you have any food related questions, perhaps the best way to deal with a herring, in either tomato or mustard sauce (may contain tomato, or mustard, and probably herring) then we will be posing our questions and yours to celebrity chef and fashionista Tallulah Grace, you can just comment below, as sending an email is clearly too much effort for any of you.