Undeclared allergen (gluten) found in prepackaged Scotch eggs

Issue Date 26.1.2018
Source of Information

UK Food Standards Agency and the Food Safety Authority of Ireland

Food Product

Prepackaged Scotch eggs

Product Name and Description

Product name: 2 Gluten Free Scotch Eggs
Brand: Marks & Spencer
Importer/retailer: Marks & Spencer
Net weight: 227 grams per box
Unique Product Code: 00975339
Use-by dates: Up to and including January 29, 2018

Reason For Issuing Alert

The Centre for Food Safety (CFS), through its Food Incident Surveillance System, noted a notice issued by the UK Food Standards Agency and the Food Safety Authority of Ireland that the above-mentioned product which was declared as gluten free is under recall because a small number of packs of the affected product might contain gluten, a known allergen.

Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety

Upon learning of the incident, the CFS immediately followed up with the local importer/retailer concerned which confirmed that the affected product was imported and sold in its chain stores. The importer has stopped sale, removed from shelves, and initiated a recall of the affected product.

The CFS will alert the trade, continue to follow up on the incident and take appropriate action.

Advice to the Trade

Stop using the affected product immediately.

Advice to Consumers

Consumers who are allergic to gluten should not eat the concerned 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 3656 2277 during office hours for enquiries about the recall.

Centre for Food Safety
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department