Alerts

Allergy Alert: Tesco’s Free From Oat Fruit Muesli and Porridge Oats

Another alert… presumably Tesco and Sainsbury share a supplier of oats for their Free From products (see the alert earlier today about oats).

These alerts are due to intermittent contamination with gluten. Tesco have taken them off the shelves, and recalled them from customers.

Products affected:

Tesco Free From Pure Oat Fruit Muesli, 450g
Best before dates: 20/05/12, 22/05/12, 18/06/12, 19/06/12

Tesco Free From Pure Porridge Oats, 450g
Best before dates: 22/07/12, 25/07/12, 17/08/12, 18/08/12, 08/09/12

As always: if you’ve bought these products, don’t eat them if you have a problem with gluten, but take them back to the shop.

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Sainsbury’s have withdrawn all the affected stock.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

Allergy Alert: Morrison’s Omega Mix

I’ve just received an allergy alert from the Food Standards Agency.

Morrisons Omega Mix (100g) contains gluten (barley) which has been omitted from the allergy advice box on the label.

Morrisons has withdrawn all affected stock – all date codes are affected.

If you’ve bought this product, don’t eat it, but take it back to the store.

I’m not even sure what an Omega Mix is; perhaps it is something you sprinkle on cereal or into yoghurt? But if it is a product you use, you’ll know what it is.

Stay healthy!

Allergy Alert: Morrisons The Best Prawn and Smoked Salmon Cocktail

The Food Standards Agency have announced another allergy alert, this time for Morrisons The Best Prawn and Smoked Salmon Cocktail.

Due to a labelling error, one date code (Use by 20 April 2011) of this product contains gluten, which is not declared on the label. This applies to the 140g size pack.

If you’ve bought this, planning to eat it today (20 April), then don’t: take it back to Morrisons for a refund.

More information available on the FSA website.

Allergy Alert: Sainsbury’s FreeFrom Chocolate Sponge Pudding

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.