Unilever and Nichols announce product recalls due to labelling issues

By William Dodds

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Food Manufacture rounds up the latest product recalls from across the sector. Credit: Getty / bymuratdeniz
Food Manufacture rounds up the latest product recalls from across the sector. Credit: Getty / bymuratdeniz

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Both Unilever and Nichols have recalled products this month (April 2024) due to issues with their labelling.

Unilever confirmed on 5 April that it was recalling certain 650ml packs of ‘Viennetta Vanilla’ ice cream because the label failed to list the fact that the product contains milk and soya in English.

A labelling error meant that the allergen and product information on the impacted packs was only communicated in Spanish, making it a possible health risk for anyone with an allergy or intolerance to milk, milk constituents or soya.

The error was only made on packs sold in Tesco stores in the UK with a best before date of January 2026 and a batch code of L4031BC020.

In response, Unilever has contacted the relevant allergy support organisations which will tell their members about the recall.

Consumers that purchased an affected pack have been encouraged not to consume its contents and to contact the Unilever careline team on 0800146252 for further guidance.

Meanwhile, Nichols also announced on 5 April that it was recalling 500ml bottles of ‘Vimto Original’ that had been labelled with a ‘No Added Sugar’ statement.

This is despite the beverage within the bottles containing added sugar, which makes it a potential risk to consumers who need to manage their sugar intake.

Several ‘Love The Taste’ promotional packs of Vimto Original have been impacted by the error.

Affected batch codes include 4051, 4052, 4073, 4074, 4050, 4051, 4072 and 4073, while best before dates vary between October 2024 and November 2024. All of the affected packs include 500ml bottles.

Point of sale notices issued by Nichols state: “A simple way to identify whether a product is affected, is to establish whether the product has a purple cap but carries the statement ‘No Added Sugar’ as depicted above. All 500ml products with purple caps contain added sugar.”

Nichols has advised that anyone that has purchased an impacted product to return it to the store where they bought it for a full refund, with the refund process independent of the ‘Love the Taste’ promotion.

In other news, Morrisons has extended the recall of its ‘The Best Taleggio’ after Listeria monocytogenes was found in the product.

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