Ale and cheesecake recalled after labelling errors

Gluten-free ale and cheesecake were recalled due to labelling errors

Labelling errors have sparked a number of food and drink product recalls recently, including gluten-free ale, cheesecake and Quorn sausages.

Brewery Hepworth & Co Brewers was forced to recall a batch of its gluten-free Classic Old Ale, because it contained “excessive levels” of gluten not mentioned on the label, according to the Food Standards Agency.

The recall applied to 500ml bottles of the beer, with the batch code 20-08-2018.

In a statement issued on its website, Hepworth said: “Bottles of Classic Old Ale with a best before date of 20-08-2018 have shown a higher than expected level of gluten. Accordingly, we are recalling this batch of beer, as it is not gluten-free.

“We apologise, but assure you that the beer is in all other respects a very acceptable brew. Coeliacs can expect the next batch to be up to our usual standards.”

Consumers who had bought the product and were allergic or intolerant to gluten were advised not to drink it and instead return it to the store they bought it from for a full refund.

Not listed on the packaging

Aldi’s Brasserie gluten-free Organic Pale Ale was also recalled after samples were found to contain ingredients not listed on the packaging.

The beer contained barley, making it a possible health risk to consumers allergic or intolerant to the ingredient. The product did not pose a risk to consumers with coeliac disease.

All batch codes of 750ml bottles of the beer were affected by the recall. Consumers were advised to return the product to the store they bought it from for a full refund.

A labelling error was also the cause of a recall of batches of Spar’s raspberry cheesecake, after it was found to contain egg that was not properly indicated on the packaging.

While egg was listed in the ingredients list for the product, it was not in bold print due to a printing error. Spar recalled all batch codes of 400g packs of the cheesecake.

Consumers with an allergy or intolerance to egg were advised not to eat the cheesecake and to return it to the store it was bought from to receive a full refund.

Incorrect allergen labelling

Incorrect allergen labelling forced a recall of Quorn Chilled Cocktail Sausages. The sausages contained milk and barley that were not mentioned on the label, making them a health risk to consumers that were allergic or intolerant to these ingredients.

The recall affected 180g packs of the sausages with a use-by date of June 7 2017.

Lastly, Musgrave Retail Partners NI (Northern Ireland) is recalling its Gourmet Cheese & Bacon Burgers because they contain soya, which was not mentioned on the label.

The recall applied to 620g packs of four Cheese & Bacon Burgers and included all use-by dates. Distribution of the affected stock was limited to Centra and Supervalu stores in Northern Ireland.

The burgers posed a health risk to consumers that had an allergy or intolerance to soya. Consumer’s who had purchased the burgers should return them to the store they were bought from to receive a full refund.

Meanwhile, glass contamination has sparked the recall of packs of chicken tikka chunks, while a batch of mints was recalled for containing small pieces of metal last month.


Food Safety 2020: Prepare your business for change

Nutrition labelling is one of the topics covered in the Food Manufacture Group’s one-day food safety conference – Food safety 2020: preparing your business for change.

This year’s event –chaired by Professor Steven Walker, director general Campden BRI – will take place on Thursday June 22 at Woodland Grange in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire.

Also featured at this year’s conference is a presentation on allergens by Dr Rachel Ward.  

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