One batch of Cow & Gate's Cheesy Broccoli Bake was found to contain small pieces of blue rubber © Danone
One batch of Cow & Gate's Cheesy Broccoli Bake was found to contain small pieces of blue rubber © Danone

Cow & Gate recalls baby food over rubber fragments

14 May 2019

Cow & Gate is recalling a batch of baby food after small fragments of blue rubber were found in some jars.  

The baby food manufacturer said it would be recalling its Cheesy Broccoli Bake 250g jars after “small pieces of a thin blue rubber glove” were discovered.

Cow & Gate, which is stocked at supermarkets including Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda and Morrisons, said while the jars “do not pose a health risk”, it would be recalling them for not meeting its “usual high standards”.

It also confirmed that it was an "isolated incident" and it had already taken action "to reinforce our quality procedures".

The batch affected has the code 28122020 and a best before date of 28-12-2020. Cow & Gate said no other batches of this product or any other product had been affected.

The recall notice, published by the Food Standards Agency, said the baby food is “unsafe to eat”.

It said: “If you have bought the product, do not feed it to your baby. Instead, return it to the store where it was bought, with or without a receipt, for a full refund.”

Cow & Gate said in a statement: “We are sorry that these jars do not meet our usual high quality standards and for any inconvenience this recall may cause. These jars do not pose a health risk, but we are recalling them as they do not meet our usual high quality standards.

“Nothing is more important to us than the quality and safety of our products. We are sorry that this happened and would like to reassure parents that this is an isolated incident.” 

Duncan Moir, product manager at Epicor Software, said this “isn’t the first and won’t be the last time a food recall has hit the headlines”.

“Such recalls hit an organisation hard both in terms of reputational damage and cost. Food and beverage manufacturers have distinct needs and face huge risks unique to their business. That’s why it is vital they have the right processes and technology in place so that they react swiftly,” he said.

In February, meat processor Tyson recalled 36,000 lbs of chicken nuggets in the US after customers reported they had found “small pieces of soft, blue rubber” in them.

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