Alerts

Gluten Free Product Recalls **updated list**

If you’re in the UK, no doubt you’ll be aware by now that various gluten free products have been recalled over the last few days because they’ve been found to contain gluten. (If not, see below).

This is very disappointing – and a bit unnerving!

However, Coeliac UK say that the level of gluten found in the affected products is very low: between 5-80ppm. That is enough to disqualify the items as gluten free under the new rules, but under the old rules, a gluten free product could have had up to 200ppm, so these products would still have counted as gluten free back then.

Nevertheless, it is not good, and does damage the trust that people living free from have in manufactured products.

If you have any of these items in your cupboard, don’t eat them and do take them back to where you bought them for a refund.

All the affected products were made in the same factory; the problem has been identified, and they’re fixing it. Phew!

Coeliac daughter had bought some Sainsbury’s scones; luckily, the best before dates don’t match, so she’s fine, but she’s still uncertain about whether to eat the scones or not. As you know, free from products aren’t cheap!

But, impressively, Sainsbury’s have written to her to let her know about the recall, to ask her to throw the scones away, and to say that they have credited her Nectar account with points to cover the price she paid, as a way of refunding her for the purchase.

Hurrah for Sainsburys! This is a great use for those ever-growing customer databases…

And thanks to Coeliac UK for sending out such a reassuring and explanatory email. In case any of you aren’t members of Coeliac UK, I include the list of affected products below.

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Asda Chosen by You 2 Free From Garlic & Coriander Naan Breads
best before: 2/7/15; 7/7/15; 9/7/15

Asda Chosen by You 2 Free From Pizza Bases
best before: 26/6/15, 30/6/15

Asda Chosen by You 4 Free From White Pitta Breads
best before 26/6/15, 30/6/15, 2/7/15

Genius Crumpets
best before: 18 June – 26 June 2015

Livwell Garlic Naan
best before: 20 Aug – 28 Aug 2015

Livwell Gluten Free Crumpets
best before: 21 June 2015

Morrisons Free From Pizza Bases
best before 29 May – 4 June 2015

Sainsburys freefrom 6 Syrup Pancakes
best before 12 July – 20 July 2015

Sainsburys freefrom 2 Garlic & Coriander Naan
best before 25 June – 3 July 2015

Sainsburys freefrom Multiseeded Pitta breads
best before 25 June – 3 July 2015

Sainsburys freefrom Pizza Base
best before 25 June – 3 July 2015

Sainsburys freefrom 4 Sultana Scones
best before 29 June – 7 July 2015

Tesco Free From 2 Garlic & Coriander Naan
best before 2 July – 10 July 2015

Tesco Free From 2 Pizza Bases
best before 25 June – 3 July 2015

Tesco Free From 4 Crumpets
best before 18 June – 25 June

Tesco Free From 4 Pitta Breads
best before 25 June – 3 July 2015

Waitrose Gluten Free Pancakes
best before 26 June – 3 July 2015

Waitrose Gluten Free Pitta
best before 25 June – 3 July 2015

Waitrose Gluten Free Scones
best before 7 June – 15 June 2015

*** Additions to the list 10 June ***

Sainsburys freefrom 4 white Pitta breads
best before 25 June – 3 July 2015

Sainsburys freefrom Chocolate Muffin Cake
best before 12 July – 19 July 2015

Sainsburys freefrom Blueberry Muffins
best before 10 June – 17 June

Tesco Free From 2 Chocolate Brownie Muffins
best before: all codes

Tesco Free From 4 Chocolate flavoured Brownie Cake Bars
best before: all codes

Allergy Alert: Home Farm Speciality Foods Sauces

These are not products I’m familiar with, but here’s the listing from the Food Standards Agency:

Home Farm Foods Beef Stock, 450g
Home Farm Foods Black Bean Sauce, 212g
Home Farm Foods Chicken and Rib sauce, 395g
Home Farm Foods Chicken Casserole sauce, 470g
Home Farm Foods Chicken Stock, 450g
Home Farm Foods Diane Sauce, 395g
Home Farm Foods Hoi Sin & Chilli Sauce, 212g
Home Farm Foods Hoi Sin Sauce, 212g
Home Farm Foods Plum Sauce, 212g
Home Farm Foods Red Wine Casserole Sauce, 470g
Home Farm Foods Rich Beef Casserole Sauce, 470g
Home Farm Foods Roast Beef Gravy, 450g
Home Farm Foods Roast Chicken Gravy, 450g
Home Farm Foods Sausage Casserole Sauce, 470g

‘Best before’ date (for all products): up to and including August 2013

The allergens on these products have not been correctly listed. These products may contain celery, sulphites and wheat. More information available at the Food Standards Agency.

Allergy Alert: Asda Free From 5 Caramel and Chocolate Wafers

We’re sad to hear about this one: these are our current favourites.

There’s an alert out on both these: the Caramel ones and the Chocolate ones.

For the Caramel ones: Best before dates of 24 December, 14 Jan 2013 and 21 Jan 2013 may contain gluten at levels higher than permitted.

For the Chocolate ones: Best before dates of 3 December and 21 January may contain gluten at levels higher than permitted.

If you have any of these, don’t eat them, but take them back to the shop. For more information, visit Food Standards Agency.

Allergy Alert: Morrisons Celery Fruit and Peanut Salad

Oh dear, this is unfortunate: Morrisons Celery Fruit and Peanut Salad (250g) with a use by date of 27 October may contain pesto pasta.

I imagine there was a bit of a mixup with salads in the factory – as far as I know, Morrisons don’t produce a gluten free pasta salad (hint: would be a good idea, though!)

If you’ve bought one of these recently, check the use by date, and take it back if the date is 27 October.

See the Food Standards Agency for more details of this allergy alert.

Allergy Alert: Virani Gram Flour

Another one! Is this the gluten free oats scenario all over again?

Tests have found levels of gluten above the limits for foods labelled gluten free in Virani Gram Flour. This is the 2kg pack size, with a best before date of July 2013 (batch code BBE July 2013 010).

Perhaps Natco and Virani have the same supplier for gram flour?

Whatever the cause, the levels of gluten mean that this product can no longer be labelled gluten free. Do bear in mind that the labelling laws have recently changed, and that the ingredient of gram flour is naturally gluten free.