Tesco 'Free From' Digestive Biscuits withdrawn

Last updated:
21 February 2014
allergy alert
Tesco has withdrawn its 'Free From' Digestive Biscuits with a 'best before' date of September 2014 because some packs may contain Tesco 'Free From' Milk Chocolate Digestive Biscuits, which contain milk and soya. This information is not mentioned on the label, making the product a possible health risk for anyone who is allergic to milk or soya, or has an intolerance to milk or its constituents.

Product details:

Product name: Tesco 'Free From' Digestive Biscuits
Pack size: 170g
Best before date: September 2014

No other Tesco products are known to be affected.


Allergens: Milk, Soya

This product contains milk and soya, making it a possible health risk for anyone who is allergic to milk and/or soya or has an intolerance to milk or its constituents.

Our advice to consumers

If you have bought the above product and you are allergic to milk and/or soya or have an intolerance to milk or its constituents, please do not eat it. Instead, return it to the store where it was purchased or contact Tesco Customer Relations on 0800 50 55 55.

Action taken by the company:

The company has withdrawn the product from sale and has contacted the relevant allergy support organisations, which will tell their members about the withdrawal. A copy of the allergy alert issued by Tesco is attached.

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