Tesco asks for ideas from coeliacs

tescoAbsolutely astonished this morning to see that one of Tesco’s buyers has posted on the gluten free messageboard, asking what the gluten free community would like to see in store.

I’ve posted before about Sainsbury’s target in their CSR strategy of being the number one choice for customers with allergies or intolerances … at the moment, Sainsbury are my number one choice of supermarket for gluten free products, because of their wider range. Sainsbury is one of Tesco’s major competitors, so I’m delighted to see Tesco taking an interest too. And in all this talk about social media, it is great to see that such a big company has decided to take action and discuss matters with a niche group of consumers. Good for Tesco!

They’re particularly interested in creating a frozen range at the moment: I’d like to see some options that are both vegetarian and gluten free. So often the veggie options are padded out with breadcrumbs… How about a vegetarian, gluten free lasagne, for those too-weary-to-cook days?

For myself, I’d like to see a decent ready-made gluten free pastry available. And if they could come up with more breakfast ideas, that would be fantastic (we’re still struggling with breakfast here) – a really good gluten free croissant or pain au chocolat would be great. And what about stocking frozen gluten free pizza and gluten free icecream cones as well? My local store doesn’t have either of those, though the competition does…

And at the moment, Tesco (and the other supermarkets) stock some items in the Free From range that are readily available, cheaper, and suitable for coeliacs in the normal section. This takes up shelfspace with slow-turnover items. The problem with the slow-turnover items is that then there appears to be no demand, so stores feel free to encroach on ‘our’ shelfspace when it is Christmas.

I’d like to see a wider range in the smaller stores too – coeliacs don’t just live near superstores.

If you’d like to help Tesco out, do go and visit the message-board – but do it today, because the message will get replaced by newer ones.

What ideas do you have? What could a major supermarket (the biggest here in the UK) provide that would make life easier for us?

Allergy Alert: Morrisons Chunky Vegetable Curry

Another one …

Morrisons have had to recall their Chunky Vegetable Curry (canned – 410g – all dates) because wheat gluten, celery and mustard have not been declared on the label.

If you bought this product, don’t eat it; take it back, and Morrisons will replace it for you.

Allergy Alert: Morrisons own brand Chunky Vegetable Soup

Unfortunately, Morrisons supermarkets have had to recall their own brand Chunky Vegetable Soup, because of a packaging error: Chicken and Vegetable Soup has been packed into Chunky Vegetable Soup packs. As a result, the soup contains gluten, but the packaging doesn’t declare it.

The product being recalled is:

  • Morrisons Chunky Vegetable Soup, 330g
  • Best before: December 2009

For more information, see the Food Standards Agency.

If you’ve bought this soup, don’t eat it, but take it back for a refund …

By |March 11th, 2009|Alerts|0 Comments

Gluten Alert: Sainsbury’s Italian Mushroom Risotto

The Food Standards Agency have published an alert:

Sainsbury’s Italian Mushroom Risotto contains wheat gluten – but it doesn’t say so on the label. Don’t eat it!

From the FSA site:

Due to an error, Sainsbury’s Italian Mushroom Risotto has been manufactured with a sauce containing wheat gluten and chicken which are not declared on the ingredients list. This makes the product a potential health risk for people with an allergy to wheat or who are gluten intolerant.

I notice that this also means it isn’t suitable for vegetarians …

The affected product is Sainsbury’s Italian Mushroom Risotto 400g, all codes up to and including 14 SEP 2008

Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd has recalled the product and are displaying notices in all stores.

If you bought it – don’t eat it. Take it back and ask for a refund.

Allergy Alert: Morrison’s chicken fillets with bacon and mushroom

I’ve received this alert today:

Morrison’s is recalling its own brand chicken fillets with creamy bacon and mushroom sauce due to undeclared gluten in the allergen advisory box. Due to a labelling error, wheat flour is listed as an ingredient, but not declared in the allergen advisory box.

This alert applies to:

Product name: Morrisons Chicken Fillets with Creamy Bacon & Mushroom Sauce, 380g
Date code: all date codes

Advice: if you’ve bought this in error, don’t eat it, and take it back to the shop. For more information, you can visit the Food Standards Agency.