Baby food recalled due to tampering

By James Ridler contact

- Last updated on GMT

Tesco and Cow & Gate have recalled 15 products in the 7+month range of baby food products
Tesco and Cow & Gate have recalled 15 products in the 7+month range of baby food products

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Cow & Gate and big four retailer Tesco have launched a voluntary recall of 15 varieties of baby food over concerns that some of the jars might have been tampered with.

The precautionary measure applied to products in the Cow & Gate’s 7+ month range, sold in Tesco stores in the UK. Similar products sold by other retailers were not affected.

Included in the recall were 200g jars of Butternut Squash Chicken & Pasta, Courgette & Hake Rice and Creamy Cauliflower Cheese. A full list can be found in the box below.

Safety risk

Tesco and Cow & Gate advised consumers not to use the products as they posed a food safety risk and that they should be returned to the stores they were purchased from to receive a full refund.

A Cow & Gate spokesman said: “This recall only involves these varieties sold in Tesco stores in the UK. Consumers can continue to buy and use these products bought from other retail outlets in complete confidence.

“We regret that this incident has happened and are sorry for the concern and the inconvenience that this recall may cause.”

Tampered baby food

Tesco and Cow & Gate’s recall comes just over a month since a similar case of tampering involving baby food sold by the retailer.

In December, two sharp metal fragments found in a jar of Heinz’s By Nature baby food range sparked action by the two business to remove products from store shelves. Much like the Cow & Gate incident, the recall only applied to products sold in Tesco stores.

Meanwhile, key players in the detection and inspection industry weigh in on the number of food and drink recalls reported in the UK and how procedures to reduce the high incident of recalls caused by physical contaminants can be limited.

recalled products

  • Cow & Gate Butternut Squash Chicken & Pasta 7+ months 200g jar
  • Cow & Gate Courgette & Hake Rice 7+ months 200g jar
  • Cow & Gate Creamy Cauliflower Cheese 7+ months 200g jar
  • Cow & Gate Garden Pea & Turkey 7+ months 200g jar
  • Cow & Gate Potato Spinach & Beef 7+ months 200g jar
  • Cow & Gate Potato & Turkey Roast 7+ months 200g jar
  • Cow & Gate Spaghetti Bolognese 7+ months 200g jar
  • Cow & Gate Succulent Pork Casserole 7+ months 200g jar
  • Cow & Gate Tasty Cottage Pie 7+ months 200g jar
  • Cow & Gate Tomato & Courgette Pasta 7+ months 200g jar
  • Cow & Gate Yummy Harvest Chicken 7+ months 200g jar
  • Cow & Gate Apple Crumble 7+ months 200g jar
  • Cow & Gate Banana Crumble 7+ months 200g jar
  • Cow & Gate Peach Apple & Kiwi 7+ months 200g jar
  • Cow & Gate Rice Pudding 7+ months 200g jar

Related topics: Ambient foods, Packaging & Labelling

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