Gluten, a protein that is a natural constituent of wheat, rye and barley, can cause intestinal distress to sensitive individuals. In more severe cases, ingesting gluten can trigger celiac disease – an autoimmune disease that runs in families.
The recall comprises a single production batch of cornflour, which became cross-contaminated with gluten during packaging. The recalled batch, identified as Lot 4689 and labeled as Best Before 22 OCT 10, was distributed through the South Island and the mid to lower North Island of New Zealand. There was no overseas distribution.
Pam's Maize Cornflour is sold through Pak 'N Save, Write Price and New World Supermarkets, Four Square Foodmarkets, On the Spot Dairies, and Trents and Toops Cash and Carry's. Anyone who wishes to return the recalled product for a refund may do so at the place of purchase.