One of Vancouver Island’s favourite bakeries is recalling a batch of its gluten free almond stollen for possibly including gluten and wheat.

The food recall warning was posted on the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and refers to stollen that was made on December 18th.

According to Portofino, the recall occurred following an accidental mislabeling of regular stollen packages.

The bakery says that a new employee applied a ‘gluten-free’ label to approximately 60 regular stollen loafs, but that the back of the packaging still displayed all of the bread’s ingredients, including gluten.

Later that day, after the accidental mislabeling, the error was noticed by a Portofino driver who immediately notified the bakery’s head office. All stores were then told to pull all gluten and gluten-free stollen from that day to avoid any further confusion.

Portofino believes that action was taken quickly enough that no mislabeled product got to marketplace, and that no consumer purchased the wrong bread.

In the ten days since the mix up, Portofino says no consumers have reported any ill effects regarding the issue.


The recall was categorized by the CFIA as a class 3, the lowest degree of health risk for consumers.

“Class III is a situation in which the use of, or exposure to, a product is not likely to cause any adverse health consequences; the product is in contravention of an Act or Regulation enforced by the CFIA,” reads the classification.

Those who are gluten intolerant or allergic to wheat should avoid Portofino’s Gluten Free Almond Stollen made on this day. However, the dessert bread should be safe to eat for those without an allergy.

“If anyone has doubts they should not consume the product,” said a CFIA spokesperson.

Portofino is a local bakery that has both retail and wholesale stores. It first opened in Broadmead village in 2004.