I received an email notice today (23 February 2011) from the Food Standards Agency (FSA) that Morrisons has recalled all packs of its Freefrom Jaffa Cake Slices, 5 pack because the product contains milk, which is not an intended ingredient. Whoops, I wonder how that got in? Did someone slip the wrong recipe to the baker? Another email from the FSA informs that this may be due to possible cross contamination, but I'm not so sure about that.
This not only makes the product a possible health risk for anyone who is allergic to or intolerant of milk or milk constituents, it makes it a total sham if milk wasn't on the label. If it was on the label, it goes to show how important it is to read everything on labels.
The FSA has issued an Allergy Alert. Morrisons has contacted the relevant allergy support organisations, which will tell their members about the withdrawal. If you have such an allergy, you can sign up with the FSA for free email alerts. The FSA also advises that "Morrisons has removed all affected stock from sale. Customer notices will be displayed in stores, explaining to customers why the product has been recalled. If you have bought the affected product you can return it for a full refund."
Here's an enlightening statement off the Internet from someone without a milk allergy, but possibly a weight problem:
"36 Jaffa Cakes that taste as good as the originals for under 30p a 12 pack
I tried these out of curiosity, as Morrisons was sold out of their McVitties Jaffa Cake offer. The Morrison's ones were really good and I demolished the entire 36."
It may very well be the case that someone with a milk allergy has already done this with the recalled stock.
And here's part of another interesting post about 'Free From' Jaffa Cake Bars dated July 27, 2009:
"... Scanning the ingredients they seemed vegan. Nothing wrong that I can tell. But the allergy advice says "contains milk". Not "may contain traces of milk", but definitely "contains milk"..."
Could it be that milk has been in these products for nearly two years or more and the FSA has only clamped down on Morrisons about it now?
In my opinion, this is just another reason not to shop in a supermarket or buy cheap, mass produced, processed foods.