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The UK’s leading tinned fish brand John West has recalled a food product because it contains soya and wheat (gluten) which are not mentioned on the label. The product is retailed at Asda, Morrisons and Iceland. 

Product details

John West On The Go Indian Tuna Rice Salad

Pack size: 220g

Best before: June 2025

The FSA (Food Standards Agency) issued a risk statement: “This product contains soya and wheat (gluten), making it a possible health risk for anyone with an allergy to soya, and/or coeliac disease, an allergy or intolerance to wheat or gluten.”

It reassured customers that John West had taken action to ensure the safety of customers in light of this food recall.

The FSA announced: “John West is recalling the above product from customers and they have contacted the relevant allergy support organisations, which will tell their members about the recall. The company has also issued a point-of-sale notice to its customers.

“These notices explain to customers why the product is being recalled and tell them what to do if they have bought the product.”

The notice from John West reads: “John West is recalling specific batch codes of On The Go – Indian Tuna Rice Salad 220g, which have been mislabelled and contain an incorrect product with undeclared allergens soy, gluten and wheat.”

It explained that the code on the back of the foil bowl wold be “BAS” and it would have been bought in store or online on or after August 19, 2022. 

John West explained in detail what customers should do if they think they have the affected product.

The company advised: “Take a picture of this notice or write down the code “BAS” best before date for reference at home.

“Check if you have bought John West On The Go – Indian Tuna Rice Salad 220g. If it has the code ‘BAS’ on the back of the inner container, then you have an affected pack.

“If the code on the back of the container reads ‘CURRY’ the pack is not affected. Return the product(s) to the store for a full refund (with or without a receipt).”

John West apolgised for any inconveience caused. For more information, customers can contact [email protected]

The FSA urged affected customers: “If you have bought the above product and have an allergy to soya, and/or coeliac disease, an allergy or intolerance to wheat or gluten, do not eat it.

Instead, return it to the store from where it was bought for a full refund. If you would like any further information, please contact [email protected] or Asda Customer Relations on 0800 952 0101.

The FSA explained allergy alerts: “Sometimes there will be a problem with a food product that means it should not be sold.

“Then it might be ‘withdrawn’ (taken off the shelves) or ‘recalled’ (when customers are asked to return the product).

“Sometimes foods have to be withdrawn or recalled if there is a risk to consumers because the allergy labelling is missing or incorrect or if there is any other food allergy risk. When there is a food allergy risk, the FSA will issue an Allergy Alert.”

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