Yeo Valley has recalled a number of chilled yoghurt products over fears that they may contain pieces of rubber which could pose a “possible risk to health”.
The recall, which does not affect any Yeo Valley branded products, impacts a number of own-brand products supplied to ASDA, Co-operative, Sainsbury, Tesco and Waitrose.
Yeo Valley confirmed today that a piece of rubber had been found in a fruit conserve from one of its suppliers.
The supplier has identified the cause and has identified all fruit conserves, an ingredient used in fruit yogurts, that may be affected
“The supplier has identified the cause and has identified all fruit conserves, an ingredient used in fruit yoghurts, that may be affected,” the company said.
Although it considers the risk of contamination to be low, Yeo Valley said that as a precaution it would be “disposing of any potentially affected yoghurts that have not yet been dispatched,” as well as recalling the relevant batches of products from affected retailers.
“Food safety and quality are paramount to Yeo Valley. We are working with the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and the supplier in question to ensure it does not happen again. We would like to apologise unreservedly to all customers," the company said.
The list of affected products can be viewed on the FSA website, and point-of-sale notices will be displayed in stores selling the product.
In a separate incident last week, UK processed meat manufacturer, Mattessons said it had taken the precautionary step of recalling some of its Roast Chicken Flavour Fridge Raider products due to the possibility of plastic contamination.
In what was described as an isolated incident, it said no other Mattessons’ varieties, pack formats or best before dates had been affected.
It follows a number of recalls reported this year. Sainsbury’s and Tesco both recalled some of their canned pasta products manufactured by Noliko in Belgium last month over fears of rubber contamination.
In April, Müller and Sainsbury’s recalled children’s dairy snacks in two separate incidents involving plastic, and Mars issued a Europe-wide recall of some chocolate products in March, after plastic was also discovered in an item.