Breaking News on Dairy Processing & Markets

Foreign object in Wensleydale cheese 'not yet identified' as tooth

Post a comment

By Mark Astley+

02-Jul-2014
Last updated the 02-Jul-2014 at 15:55 GMT

A human tooth was reportedly found in deli counter Wensleydale Blue cheese supplied by Wensleydale Creamery.

A human tooth was reportedly found in deli counter Wensleydale Blue cheese supplied by Wensleydale Creamery.

British retailer Sainsbury's says it has seen no proof that a foreign object reportedly found in a block of Wensleydale Blue cheese sold in one of its stores is a human tooth.

Earlier this week, the Daily Mail and others reported that Jane Betts from Cambridge “was horrified” to find a tooth when while eating a piece of Wensleydale Blue cheese bought from the deli counter at her local Sainsbury’s store.

Having checked it wasn't her own, she reportedly took the tooth to a dentist who confirmed it was human. It has now been handed over to environmental health officers at Cambridge City Council who are investigating the incident.

In a statement sent to DairyReporter.com, Sainsbury's said, however, that it has seen no proof the contaminant is a human tooth "rather than a calcium build-up or other material" or that it even came from one of its products.

It added that the customer had "accepted goodwill" to compensate for her inconvenience, but declined to comment any further.

“As you’ll understand we can’t comment further until the environmental health officers have concluded their investigation,” the statement concluded.

"Not yet been identified"

Sainsbury's, the UK's second largest retailer, declined to identify the cheese maker that supplied the cheese. But approached by DairyReporter.com, Yorkshire-based Wensleydale Creamery confirmed that it had supplied the block of cheese in question.

Mirroring Sainsbury's comments, Wensleydale Creamery said that the contaminant has yet to be confirmed as human, or even as a tooth.

“Food hygiene and safety is our number one priority here at the Wensleydale Creamery and we are taking this situation very seriously and have moved quickly with Sainsbury’s to understand and identify the issue. As yet the foreign body has not yet been identified,” said Judy Brennand, technical manager, Wensleydale Creamery.

“As an approved supplier to Sainsbury’s we have the highest standards of food safety with a rigorous foreign body policy process.”

“Our staffs are highly skilled and trained cheese makers with the highest levels of personal hygiene," she added.

Post a comment

Comment title *
Your comment *
Your name *
Your email *

We will not publish your email on the site

I agree to Terms and Conditions

These comments have not been moderated. You are encouraged to participate with comments that are relevant to our news stories. You should not post comments that are abusive, threatening, defamatory, misleading or invasive of privacy. For the full terms and conditions for commenting see clause 7 of our Terms and Conditions ‘Participating in Online Communities’. These terms may be updated from time to time, so please read them before posting a comment. Any comment that violates these terms may be removed in its entirety as we do not edit comments. If you wish to complain about a comment please use the "REPORT ABUSE" button or contact the editors.

Key Industry Events

 

Access all events listing

Our events, Events from partners...