Allergy alert: ASDA extra special chocolate coated nuts

I’m a little confused about how, exactly, you’d get barley into chocolate and nuts, but nevertheless, we’ve received an alert from the FSA to warn us that the Asda Extra Special Chocolate Coated Nut Selection contains barley gluten that is not declared on the label.

This alert refers to:

ASDA Extra Special Chocolate Coated Nut Selection 215g bag
Best before date: End April 2010
Batch codes: BBE April 2010

Action taken by the company:

Asda Stores Ltd have withdrawn the affected batch from sale and are displaying notices in food stores to let people know. If you’ve bought this product, don’t eat it. I’d suggest returning it to Asda to find out whether they’ll refund the price (I’m sure they would).

You can find out more at www.food.gov.uk

Allergy Alert: Blakemans Sausages

From the Food Standards Agency:

Blakemans withdraws its own brand Thin Natural Pork Sausages and Thin Pork Collagen Sausages due to the presence of undeclared wheat gluten and sulphites

Because wheat (gluten) and sulphites have not been declared on the label of the above products, they are a potential health risk to people allergic or sensitive to wheat /gluten and sulphites.

How to identify these products:

Blakemans Thin Natural Pork Sausages (454g)
Blakemans Thin Collagen Pork Sausages (454g)

All date codes between 29/09/09 until 08/10/09.

If you’ve bought these sausages and need to be gluten free – don’t eat them!

Allergy Alert: Bernard Matthews Chunky Tikka Turkey

Sigh. Another alert.

Farmfoods and Morrisons have withdrawn certain batches of Bernard Matthews Chunky Tikka Turkey because of “incorrect gluten free labelling and the presence of wheat”. Apparently higher levels of wheat gluten than expected were detected on testing.

Product Details:

Chunky Tikka Turkey, 110g. Clear plastic pack.
Date codes – Use by 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 29 and 30 September 2009. 3, 4 and 7 October 2009.

If you’ve bought this product, don’t eat it but take it back to the place you bought it from. (Actually, of course, if you bought anything with a use by date before today, you probably have eaten it already).

More information on www.food.gov.uk

Allergy Alert: Asda own brand ham

I’ve received an alert from the Food Standards Agency: Asda have withdrawn their own brand extra special wiltshire style ham, because of undeclared wheat and gluten.


Asda Extra Special Wiltshire Style Ham 500g with a ‘use by’ of 7 September 2009 contains bread crumb. The product contains wheat that is not declared on the label and is a potential health risk for those allergic or intolerant to wheat or gluten.

The company has withdrawn the affected product and has contacted the relevant allergy support organisations, which will inform their at-risk members of the withdrawal. Notices are being displayed in all stores to alert consumers to the reasons for the withdrawal and the actions they can take if they have purchased the product.

If you’ve bought this product, then don’t eat it; take it back for a refund. You don’t need your receipt. If you need any further information please contact Asda Customer Relations on 0500 100 055

Allergy Alert: Tesco’s Lamb Rogan Josh

tesco-lamb-rogan-joshThis came across my desk yesterday (so I hope you didn’t settle down to a nice Tesco Lamb Rogan Josh last night!)

There are a couple of issues with Tesco’s own brand Rogan Josh meals. The first is that somehow, in production, pork sausage has been added. As a result, the meals now contain wheat (and soya and sulphites).

The alert that I received was to let me know that there is wheat in the Rogan Josh meals; but I wonder whether they thought to alert people to the potential presence of pork? As we know, not everybody is happy to eat pork, and this might well be an issue for them. I wonder if the Food Standards Agency (FSA) issues Pork Alerts?

These are the affected ready meals:

Tesco Indian Meal for 2: Tikka & Lamb Rogan Josh, 1560g
Tesco Lamb Rogan Josh, 350g
Tesco Lamb Rogan Josh with Pilau Rice, 550g

All date codes of the above products are affected. (All! How long did it take them to notice that they’d accidentally been adding pork sausages to a lamb rogan josh?)

According to the FSA, Tesco has recalled the affected products and has contacted the relevant allergy support organisations, which will inform their at-risk members of the recall. Notices are being displayed in all stores to alert consumers.

Unfortunately, I can still buy this product online at Tesco, and there’s no allergy alert associated with the product. There should be! The ingredients list doesn’t mention pork sausages, nor wheat, soya or sulphites. Perhaps they would substitute the product before delivery – but I do think that if the product has been recalled, it shouldn’t be on the site for purchase.

So, if you have some of these ready meals in your fridge or freezer, don’t eat them, but take them back to Tesco for a refund.