Undeclared allergen (gluten) found in prepackaged cereal for babies

Issue Date 15.9.2017
Source of Information

Canadian authorities

Food Product

Prepackaged cereal for babies

Product Name and Description

Product name: Baby's First Buckwheat + Chia Organic Infant Cereal
Brand: Love Child Organics
Place of origin: Canada
Importer/ Sole agent: JM Lifestyle International Limited
Pack size: 227 grams per box
Batch codes: 2018JA24 and 2018AL09
Best before dates: January 24, 2018 , April 9, 2018

Reason For Issuing Alert

The Centre for Food Safety (CFS), through its Food Incident Surveillance System, noted a notice issued by the Canadian authorities concerned that several batches of the above-mentioned product might contain gluten, a known allergen, which was not declared on its food label and are under recall.

Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety
  • Upon learning of the incident, the CFS immediately followed up with major local importers and noted that the above importer had imported the concerned batches of the above-mentioned product and part of the affected product has been distributed to local retailers. The CFS has instructed the importer to stop sale, remove from shelves, and initiate a recall of the product in question.
  • The CFS is tracing the distribution of the product concerned. The CFS will also inform the trade of the incident.
  • The CFS will continue to follow up on the incident and take appropriate action.
Advice to the Trade
  • Stop selling the affected batches of product
Advice to Consumers
  • Gluten is a known food allergen. Those who are allergic to it may develop symptoms like vomiting, diarrhoea, asthma and rash upon consumption. In severe cases anaphylactic shock may even develop.
  • Not to let babies who are allergic to gluten eat the product, and to seek medical treatment if they feel unwell after taking the food.
Further Information

The CFS press release

  • Members of the public may call the importer's hotline at 3705 0457 during office hours for enquiries about the recall.

Centre for Food Safety
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department