Food alert in Spain due to gluten in frozen peas

by Lorraine Williamson
gluten in frozen peas alert
ASSSA

MADRID – The Spanish Food and Nutrition Safety Agency (AESAN) has issued a warning regarding the presence of unlisted wheat (gluten) in packages of ‘Guisantes superfinos‘ (superfine peas) 550g of the FINDUS brand. 

Individuals with a gluten allergy or intolerance are strongly advised not to consume this product. Moreover, the alert was issued after a report from the Madrid health authorities via the Rapid Information Exchange Coordination System (SCIRI). 

FINDUS superfine peas

The initial distribution of the product covered various autonomous communities in Spain as follows;

  • Andalucia
  • Aragón
  • Asturias
  • Canary Islands
  • Cantabria
  • Castile and León
  • Castile-La Mancha
  • Catalonia
  • Valencia
  • Galicia
  • Balearic Islands
  • La Rioja
  • Murcia
  • Basque Country

However, it cannot be ruled out that the product might have been distributed in other regions. 

Product details

FINDUS has already responded to this situation and is asking retailers to remove the relevant product from their shelves. Consequently, the recalled product details are as follows: 

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  • Product Name (on label): Guisantes superfinos 
  • Brand: FINDUS
  • Batch Number: L3166670GV 
  • Storage Condition: Frozen 

After tests, the company confirmed that samples from this batch contain wheat seeds, a known allergen. Moreover, this can cause issues for individuals who are allergic or sensitive to gluten. But, for others, the product is safe to consume. 

What to do

Therefore, in response, FINDUS has asked consumers not to return the product to the store where it was purchased. Instead, for a full refund, customers should first check if the barcode matches 8434702001867, batch L3166670GV, and the expiration date is 06/2025. If so, they should then cut out the part of the packaging with the batch and barcode and, along with their bank details, send it to an address provided by the company. FINDUS will then reimburse the cost of the product and shipping expenses.

Contact them by the following means:

  • By phone: (+34)900 43 14 01 from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm from Monday to Friday
  • by email: consumidor@findus.es

Gluten intolerance and allergy: A brief explanation

Gluten intolerance, also known as non-celiac gluten sensitivity, refers to a condition where individuals experience symptoms similar to celiac disease upon consuming gluten-containing foods. Unlike celiac disease, gluten intolerance doesn’t lead to intestinal damage. Symptoms may include bloating, abdominal pain, and fatigue. On the other hand, celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder triggered by gluten consumption, damaging the small intestine lining. Symptoms range from digestive issues to nutrient deficiencies. Both conditions require management through a gluten-free diet, with celiac disease demanding strict adherence.

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