I’m just back from a trip to Sainsbury’s, where I was unable to find a gluten free chocolate sponge pudding. I wanted it for my daughter’s residential trip next week – I’m trying to match the ‘normal’ menu with things she can eat.
None to be had, though there were plenty of gluten free syrup sponge puddings, and this might be why: they’ve been withdrawn due to the presence of milk protein. Nothing on the shelves to tell us that, though. I think that would be useful.
This is the affected product:
Sainsbury’s Freefrom Chocolate Sponge Pudding, 110g
Best before: 13/04/11
And the problem is a low level of undeclared milk proteins – a potential risk for people allergic to, or intolerant of, milk.
Disappointing for us (for whom it would have been fine) but I can see why it’s been withdrawn. It’s a problem if you’re trying to target multiple allergens with one product!
Anyway, if you bought this product with this date code, do return it: don’t eat it.
More information available here.
I’ve written a book summarising what we’ve learnt over 20 years of dealing with the gluten free diet, and it might be just what you’re looking for. It packs the lessons we’ve learned into what I hope is a helpful and straightforward guidebook. It’s available on Amazon, as a paperback or for your Kindle…