Five of Britain’s leading supermarkets have recalled some of their ‘gluten-free’ products as they have been discovered to infact contain gluten.
Customers have been warned not eat affected products which includes pizza bases and pitta bread from Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Tesco and Morrisons.
The level of gluten detected in the products is thought to be 5 and 80 parts per million, according to a coeliac support website.
The Food Standards Agency said there may be a ‘possible health risk’ for people with gluten intolerance if they are consumed, and have advised shoppers to return the affected products back to the supermarkets.
All 17 products involved were made by food company Genius and the food was contaminated by a dry ingredient used during the baking process. This ingredient has now been removed by the Edinburgh-based food producer.
The products affected from Asda include their own-brand white pitta breads, garlic & coriander naan breads and pizza bases.
On its website Sainsbury’s, Britain’s biggest supermarket chain, said: “”We are very sorry for any inconvenience caused and will ensure this doesn’t happen again.”
Six of the gluten-free products from Sainsbury’s were included as part of the recall.
The big four grocer added “As a precautionary measure, we are asking all customers who have bought these products to return them to their nearest Sainsbury’s store, where they will receive a full refund.”