Last updated on 20 September 2011

Sainsbury's recalls some Freefrom Pure Oats

Sainsbury's has recalled some batches of its own-brand Freefrom Pure Oats, as its testing has found low levels of gluten (wheat) in some packets. This is a potential health risk for individuals who are allergic or intolerant to wheat or gluten, as the labelling doesn't list this as an ingredient. The Agency has issued an Allergy Alert.

Products recalled

The product recalled is:

  • Sainsbury’s Freefrom Pure Oats, 450g
  • Best before date: July, August and September 2012

If you have an allergy to or are intolerant of gluten or wheat, you are advised not to eat the product.

The company has withdrawn all affected stock and recalled it from customers with an allergy or intolerance to wheat or gluten. Customer notices have been displayed in stores to alert consumers to the reasons for the recall, and if you have bought the product and have an allergy or intolerance to gluten or wheat you can return it to Sainsbury's for a full refund. In addition, the company has contacted the relevant allergy support organisations, which will inform their members who are allergic or intolerant to gluten about the recall.

No other Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd products are known to be affected.

Allergy alerts

Sometimes there will be a problem with a food product that means it should not be sold. Then it might be 'withdrawn' (taken off the shelves) or 'recalled' (when customers are asked to return the product). Sometimes foods have to be withdrawn or recalled if there is a risk to consumers because the allergy labelling is missing or incorrect or if there is any other food allergy risk.

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