.As the mad dash into back to school begins and we start stocking our shelves with snacks for the kiddies, parents are warned to double check their pantry, especially if your child has a gluten intolerance.
Product Safety Australia has issued a recall on Mamee Monster Rice Sticks. The warning on the popular snack for kids is due to an undeclared gluten allergen.
Mamee is an established Australian label known for their bite sized snacks for little ones. The recall involves Mamee Monster Rice Sticks vegetable flavour with a best before date of 6 November 2018.
The rice sticks come in a large package with six snack size bags inside. The affected packets were stocked at Coles. They would have been on the shelves in mid-December, 2017.
The affected products were sold in four states – South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia. Monster Rice Sticks sold in Queensland, New South Wales and Northern Territory are not affected by this recall.
What’s the problem?
The issue lies in the packaging which claims the sticks are gluten-free. However, this particular batch contains traces of the allergen.
According to the Mamee website, “Anyone who has a gluten allergy or intolerance may have a reaction if the product is consumed. The product is safe for consumers to eat if they do not have a gluten allergy or intolerance.”
What should consumers do?
“Consumers who have a gluten allergy or intolerance should not consume this product and should return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund,” PSA advises.
For further information about this recall, contact ABC Sales & Marketing Pty Ltd on (08) 8269 4143 Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5pm or visit the Mamee website.
Rice sticks aren’t the only items being recalled. Mum Central has also reported in recent days about a national recall on South Australian ice cream, baby and child car seats and baby teething toys and sleepwear.