The manufacturer was alerted to the possible contamination by its fruit preparation supplier in its 480g (4x120g) Ski Yogurt Variety Pack with Fruit Pieces. The recall applied to packs with the use-by dates 21 February 2020, 28 February 2020, 6 March 2020 and 13 March 2020.
Update: three further date codes were added to the recall – 22 February 2020, 29 February 2020 and 7 March 2020.
A Nestlé spokesman said the contamination was due to an isolated incident during the manufacturing process that has now been resolved.
“The safety and quality of our products are non-negotiable priorities for our company,” the spokesman added. “We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience caused by this voluntary recall.”
Return to Nestlé
Consumers who have purchased the affected yogurts were advised to not consume the product and return the outer cardboard packaging or pot lid printed with the mentioned use-by dates to its York offices in order to receive a full refund.
Small pieces of plastic or rubber finding their way into food products during the manufacturing process is one of the most common type of recalls caused by contamination. This is often due to pieces of machinery degrading over time.
In October 2018, plastic contamination sparked the recall of chocolate truffles manufactured by Montezuma’s Chocolates. Dunnes Stores recalled a number of its Simply Better yogurts as a precautionary measure in May the same year, due to the possible presence of rubber pieces in the product.
Meanwhile, last month, Cow & Gate and big four retailer Tesco launched a voluntary recall of 15 varieties of baby food over concerns that some of the jars might have been tampered with.