Alerts

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.

Allergy Alert: Natco Foods Gram Flour

Ordinarily, of course, gram flour is gluten free. However, occasionally testing reveals that it has become contaminated with gluten in some way.

This seems to have happened in the case of Natco Gluten Free Gram Flour, in which in one batch, levels of gluten have been found that are above the limits for foods labelled gluten-free.

This is the 2kg pack, best before October 2012 (batch code: 110420 BN0509). No other Natco products are known to be affected.

If you’ve bought this product, don’t use it, and contact the company to find out how to return it.

More information on the Food Standards Agency site – and you can visit the Natco site. The 2kg pack is not available via that site today, but you should be able to find some contact details.

Don’t let this put you off gram flour, which is naturally gluten free, being made from ground chana dal (a kind of yellow split pea).