Genius recalls five more lines over contamination fears

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Genius gluten-free crumpets were one of 25 products to be contaminated
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Five more supermarket own-label products have been recalled by gluten-free label Genius following a contamination issue revealed earlier this week. 

Two products at Tesco - its Free From 4 Crumpets and Free From Pizza Bases 2 Pack and three more at Sainsbury’s - Freefrom Blueberry Muffins, 140g, Freefrom Chocolate Muffin Cake, 300g and Freefrom Chocolate Muffins, 150g - have been recalled due to fears that they contain gluten.

Initially, 20 products were removed from shelves on Monday including Genius and Livwell products, as well as affected products from all the big five including free-from pizza bases, crumpets and naan breads.

The contamination was discovered through routine testing by Genius and was caused by “a dry ingredient which contained small amounts of gluten in its baking process” that should not have been on site. It has been established that this was a one-off and the greater supply chain has not been affected. Investigations into the ingredient’s presence on-site are ongoing.

A Genius spokesperson said: “This is not a supplier issue. The dry ingredient is only available for large-scale food manufacturers and is not for sale in supermarkets to the general public – therefore this ingredient does not pose any further risk to customers.

“Our routine product testing procedures identified this low level contamination, and whilst this poses a very low risk to customers, Genius responded immediately with a full product recall. As always, the safety of our customers is our first priority. We sincerely apologise to all those that have been affected and are reviewing our procedures to ensure this does not happen again.”

Products tested revealed gluten content of between 5ppm and 80ppm, which are considered to be too low to seriously affect coeliacs or those with an allergy to gluten.

The affected products are:

Genius Foods

Genius Crumpets
'Best before' dates: 18 June 2015 - 26 June 2015

Livwell Gluten Free Crumpets
'Best before' date: 18 June 2015 – 26 June 2015

Livwell Garlic Naan
'Best before' dates: 09 July 2015 – 28 August 2015

Asda

Asda Chosen by you 4 Free From White Pitta Breads
Barcode: 505244989731
'Best before' dates: 26 June 2015, 30 June 2015, 2 July 2015

Asda Chosen by you 2 Free From Garlic & Coriander Naan Breads
Barcode: 5051413185469
'Best before' dates: 3 July 2015, 07 July 2015, 9 July 2015

Asda Chosen by you 2 Free From Pizza Bases
Barcode: 505244979125
'Best before' dates: 26 June 2015, 30 June 2015

Morrisons

Morrisons Free From Pizza Bases
'Best before' dates: 29 May 2015 – 4 June 2015

Sainsbury's

Sainsbury’s Freefrom Pizza Base, 185g
'Best before' dates: 25 June 2015 – 03 July 2015

Sainsbury’s Freefrom 4 White Pitta breads, 260g
'Best before' dates: 25 June 2015 – 03 July 2015

Sainsbury’s Freefrom 4 Multiseeded Pitta breads, 260g
'Best before' dates: 25 June 2015 – 03 July 2015

Sainsbury’s Freefrom 2 Garlic & Coriander Naan, 196g
'Best before' dates: 25 June 2015 – 03 July 2015

Sainsbury’s Freefrom 6 Syrup Pancakes 198g
'Best before' dates: 12 July 2015 - 20 July 2015

Sainsbury’s Freefrom 4 Sultana Scones, 252g
'Best before' dates: 29 June 2015 – 07 July 2015

Sainsbury’s Freefrom Chocolate Muffins, 150g*
'Best before' dates: 30 June 2015 – 08 July 2015

Sainsbury’s Freefrom Chocolate Muffin Cake, 300g*
'Best before' dates: 12 July 2015 – 19 July 2015

Sainsbury’s Freefrom Blueberry Muffins, 140g*
'Best before' dates: 10 June 2015 - 17 June 2015

Tesco

Tesco Free From 4 Crumpets
'Best before' dates: All codes*

Tesco Free From Pizza Bases 2 Pack
'Best before' dates: All codes*

Tesco Free From 4 Pitta Bread
'Best before' dates: All codes*

Tesco Free From  Garlic & Coriander Naan Bread
'Best before' dates: All codes*

Tesco Free From 2 Chocolate Brownie Muffins*
'Best before’ dates: All codes

Tesco Free From 4 Chocolate flavoured Brownie Cake Bars*
‘Best before’ dates: All codes

Waitrose

Waitrose Free From Fruit Scones 4s
'Best before' dates: 07 June 2015 - 15 June 2015

Waitrose Free From White Pittas 4s
'Best before' dates: 25 June 2015 - 03 July 2015

Waitrose Free From Scotch Pancakes 6s
'Best before' dates: 25 June 2015 - 03 July 2015

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