Tesco Free From Bran Flakes Recalled Due to Milk & Nuts

Tesco has recalled its ‘Free From Bran Flakes’ because some packs may contain a small amount of another cereal variant (Chocolate Pillows) which is not mentioned on the label. This means the product is a possible health risk to anyone with an allergy or intolerance to milk or its constituents and/or an allergy to nuts.

Affected batch:

  • Pack Size: 300g
  • Best before date: 26 May 2024
  • Recalled on: 6 April 2023

Action taken by company

Tesco has recalled the above product from customers and has been advised to contact the relevant allergy support organisations, which will tell their members about the recall. Tesco has also issued recall notices at the points of sale.

Our advice to customers

If you have an allergy to milk constituents, or are allergic to nuts, do not consume the product. Return the product to the store where it was purchased and a full refund will be given. No proof of purchase is required.

If further details are required, please contact Customer Services 0800 505 555 (UK) or 1800 248 123 (RoI).

About lactose intolerance

An allergy to milk or milk constituents is basically lactose intolerance.

Lactose intolerance is the inability to digest lactose, the sugar that is found in milk and dairy products. It is caused by a shortage of lactase in the body; an enzyme produced by the small intestine. For most people, lactose intolerance develops over time as the body produces less lactase. It is most likely to be age related and occurs mostly with advancing age.

The signs and symptoms of lactose intolerance usually begin from thirty minutes to two hours after eating or drinking foods that contain lactose.

Possible symptoms include:

  • Diarrhoea
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach cramps
  • Bloating and flatulence

None of these present a serious health risk and symptoms will usually disappear within an hour. If symptoms persist, seek professional medical advice from a doctor.

Peanut allergy

Peanut allergy is one of the most common causes of severe allergy attacks. For some people with peanut allergy, even tiny amounts of peanuts can cause a serious reaction that can even be life-threatening when it produces anaphylactic shock.

Peanut allergy has been increasing in children. Even if you or your child has had only a mild allergic reaction to peanuts, it’s important to talk to your doctor. There is a risk of a more serious reaction in future.

An allergic response to peanuts usually occurs within minutes after eating. Peanut allergy signs and symptoms can include skin reactions, such as hives, redness or swelling, itching or tingling in or around the mouth and throat, digestive problems, such as diarrhoea, stomach cramps, nausea or vomiting. You may also experience tightening of the throat, shortness of breath or wheezing and a runny nose.

Anaphylaxis: A life-threatening reaction

Peanut allergy is the most common cause of food-induced anaphylaxis, a medical emergency that requires treatment with an epinephrine (adrenaline) and a trip to the emergency room.

Anaphylaxis signs and symptoms can include:

Constriction of airways, swelling of the throat that makes it difficult to breathe, a severe drop in blood pressure (shock), rapid pulse, dizziness, lightheadedness or loss of consciousness

Talk to your doctor if you have ever experienced any signs or symptoms of peanut allergy. It is advised to be properly tested for a nut allergy.

Seek emergency treatment if you have a severe reaction to peanuts, especially if you have any signs or symptoms of anaphylaxis. Call your local emergency number if you or someone else displays any of the symptoms listed. For further information of food allergen symptoms and how soon they appear after eating, click here. To learn where allergen information on pre-packed labelled food is located click here.