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Sainsbury’s have withdrawn all the affected stock.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