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Sainsbury's withdraws some Freefrom range Mint Crisps and Celtic Caramel Choices

Sainsbury’s has withdrawn its Free From Mint Crisps with a ‘best before end' date of February 2012 and Celtic brand Caramel Choices with a ‘best before end' date of August 2011, because both products contain milk, which is not mentioned on the product labels.

This makes the products a possible health risk for anyone with an allergy to milk. The Agency has issued an Allergy alert advising anyone with an allergy to milk to not eat these products.

Product details

The withdrawn products are:

  • Sainsbury's Free From Mint Crisps, 150g
  • Best before end: February 2012
  • Celtic Caramel Choices, 120g
  • Best before end: August 2011

Sainsbury's has removed all affected stock. Customer notices will be displayed in stores, explaining to customers why the products have been withdrawn. If you have bought an affected product, you can return it to your local store for a full refund. For further information please contact the Sainsbury’s Careline, tel: 0800 636 262.

In addition, the company has contacted the relevant allergy support organisations, whick will tell their members about the recall.

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 Then it might be 'withdrawn' (taken off the shelves) or 'recalled' (when customers are asked to return the product). Sometimes foods have to be withdrawn or recalled if there is a risk to consumers because the allergy labelling is missing or incorrect or if there is any other food allergy risk.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