‘Dirty food factory’ forces Aldi biscuit recall

By Michael Stones

- Last updated on GMT

Fears of pest contamination sparked the recall
Fears of pest contamination sparked the recall

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Biscuits sold by Aldi and three other retailers have been recalled due to potential pest contamination, after being produced in “unhygienic conditions”.

The biscuits were produced by Middlesbrough firm Baketime Ltd. Products affected included: cheese thins, shortbread, chip cookies and fudge brownies, shortbread and biscotti. 

All Aldi’s orders with Baketime had been suspended, a spokeswoman for the discount chain told FoodManufacture.co.uk.

“We have recalled a number of Aldi-branded products that have been manufactured by Baketime and have immediately suspended all orders with this supplier while we investigate this matter,” ​said the spokeswoman.

‘Immediately suspended all orders’

“Customers that have purchased the products listed in our public recall notices should return them to their nearest store where they will be offered a full refund.”

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) confirmed yesterday (March 29): “Baketime Ltd is recalling various branded biscuit, snack and confectionery products on a precautionary basis as they have been manufactured in unhygienic conditions.”

Pest contamination

All batches of the products listed in the box below were being recalled because they may have been subject to pest contamination, according to the FSA website​.

In addition to Aldi, the recalled biscuits were sold by Asvina, Happy Shopper, Booker and LBV. Products affected by the recall appear in the box below.

Shoppers who bought the biscuits were advised not to eat them but to return the packet to the store of purchase for a full refund.

No other products manufactured by Baketime Ltd were known to be affected.

Baketime admitted it had suffered double pest infestations​ at its factory and apologised to customers for the inconvenience the recall had caused.

Meanwhile, a Morrisons shopper was shocked to discover a live worm wriggling​ in a packet of fish recently.

Baketime products recalled due to possible pest contamination

  • Aldi Cheese Thins (10% Cheese) – L16026, L16027, L16055, L16056, L16057, L16073, L16074, L16075
  • Aldi Cheese Bakes – L16026, L16027, L16032, L16033, L16039, L16040, L16046, L16047, L16053, L16366, L16060, L16066, L16067, L16073
  • Aldi Oddbites Cheese – L16060
  • Aldi Oddbites Salt and Vinegar – L16061
  • Aldi Oddbites Smoky Bacon – L16061
  • Aldi Ginger Nuts – L16047, L16048, L16061, L16062, L16068, L16069
  • Bestway Mini All Butter Shortbread    L16034
  • Bestway Mini Brownies    L16035
  • Bestway Mini Cheese Thins    L16032, L16033
  • Bestway Mini Choc Chip Cookies    L16035
  • Happy Shopper Cheese Thins    L16026, L16027, L16032, L16053, L16366, L16060, L16066
  • Happy Shopper Fudge Brownies    L16041
  • Happy Shopper Choc Chip Cookies    L16041​
  • LBV Potato Bakes Korma    L16034
  • LBV Potato Bakes Mild Thai    L16034
  • LBV Strawberry and Vanilla Biscotti    L16027

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Are US Aldi Subsidiaries of Aldi UK?

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There are many Aldi Grocery Stores in the USA. Are these subsidiaries of Aldi UK? Do they carry UK products imported to the USA?

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