Allergy Alert: Sainsbury’s Free From Oats

Just received from the Food Standards Agency: notification that Sainsbury’s have recalled certain date codes of their FreeFrom Oats (450g) – those with a best before date of July, August and September 2012.

This is because gluten has been detected through internal quality control testing, apparently due to intermittent contamination at source.

You’ll know that not all oats can be classified as gluten free; you shouldn’t eat just any oats if you need to be gluten free – just those clearly identified as gluten free. This is because there is a risk that they’ll be mixed up with wheat, barley or rye as part of the production process. To be classified as gluten free, this risk has to be managed carefully, and there must have been a problem in the process here.

Sainsbury’s have withdrawn all the affected stock. If you have a packet at home with best before dates in summer next year, don’t eat it, but take it back to the store.

Such a shame: we like the Free From oats. I hope this isn’t going to mean they go off-shelf permanently

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Lucy is the mother of a coeliac, and has been managing a gluten free diet for her daughter for 20 years - though, to be fair, she does do most of it herself now...

3 thoughts on “Allergy Alert: Sainsbury’s Free From Oats”

  1. i have been buying your porridge oats for some time now, and am really sorry that they have been withdrawn at the moment. Could you please inform me when this product is available again.
    Much appreciated

  2. Hi Karen

    I’m sorry they’ve been withdrawn too… I’ll see if I can find out from Sainsbury’s when they’re likely to be available again.

  3. Having enjoyed porridge daily do sometime now, with no I’ll-effects, I am very sorry to learn it has been removed from the shelves. Hopefully this is only a temporary measure. I look forward to it’s return and will be grateful if I can be notified when this becomes the case. David

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