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Asda withdraws its Southern Fried Popcorn Chicken

Asda is withdrawing its own-brand ready-to-eat Southern Fried Popcorn Chicken with a 'use by' date of 18 December 2009, because the product contains wheat (gluten), which is not mentioned on the product label. This means the product is a possible health risk for anyone who is allergic or intolerant to wheat or gluten.

The Agency has issued an Allergy Alert advising anyone with an allergy or intolerance to wheat or gluten not to eat this product.

Product details

The product being withdrawn is:

  • Asda ready-to-eat Southern Fried Popcorn Chicken, 190g
  • Use by: 18 December 2009

The company has withdrawn the affected product from sale and has contacted the relevant allergy support organisations, which will tell their members about the withdrawal. Notices have been displayed in stores, explaining to customers why the product has been withdrawn. Anyone who has bought the product can return it to the store for a full refund.

If you would like any further information, please phone Asda Customer Relations on 0500 100 555.

No other Asda 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 Then it might be 'withdrawn' (taken off the shelves) or 'recalled' (when customers are asked to return the product). Sometimes foods have to be withdrawn or recalled if there is a risk to consumers because the allergy labelling is missing or incorrect or if there is any other food allergy risk.

In such situations the Agency will issue an Allergy Alert. It is also possible to subscribe to an email alert system to receive automatic messages whenever Allergy Alerts are issued. Click on 'Get alerts' in the box at the bottom of this page to find more details.

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