Last updated on 30 July 2013
Asda withdraws Beastie Bites
Asda has withdrawn all packs of its 'Chosen by you' range of Beastie Bites, because the product contains mustard, celery and wheat*, which are not mentioned on the label. This means the product is a possible health risk to anyone with an allergy to mustard, celery or wheat, or an intolerance to wheat or gluten.
The Agency has issued an Allergy Alert, advising anyone with an allergy to mustard, celery or wheat, or an intolerance to wheat or gluten to not eat this product.
*Added after this news story was originally published.
The withdrawn product is:
- Product: Asda Chosen by you Beastie Bites
- Pack size: 6 x 25g
- ‘Best before’ date: all date codes
The company has withdrawn the product from sale. Notices have been displayed in stores, explaining to customers why the product has been withdrawn.
If you have bought this product and have an allergy to mustard or celery, you can return it to the store for a full refund. You can also contact Asda Customer Relations by calling 0800 952 0101.
In addition, the company will contact the relevant allergy support organisations, which will tell their at-risk members about the withdrawal.
No other Asda products are known to be affected.
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