Yoghurts recalled due to rubber contamination
Potentially thousands of Asda, Tesco, Waitrose, Co-operative and Sainsbury’s own-branded chilled yoghurt products, supplied by Yeo Valley, are affected.
Lidl Ireland also recalled Coolree Creamery brand Irish Yogurt Selection with seeds from Northern Ireland stores.
The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) said yoghurts sold in Lidl Ireland, Tesco Ireland and SuperValu are also affected - a list of products and date codes can be found here.
Asda was most affected recalling seven types of yoghurt, Co-op, Waitrose and Tesco three and Sainsbury’s two as well as The Collective Dairy brand withdrawn from some stores.
Yeo Valley said the rubber was found in a fruit conserve from one of its suppliers and it will be destroying yoghurts not yet sent to market.
It is unclear if it will continue supplying yoghurt to the supermarkets affected or working with the fruit conserve supplier.
The firm would also not tell us where and when yoghurts were produced or how the rubber got into products and was not spotted before being sent for sale.
Rubber found in fruit conserve
In a statement, Yeo Valley said the issue does not affect any of its branded products.
"Yeo Valley can confirm that a piece of rubber was found in a fruit conserve supplied by one of our suppliers. The supplier has identified the cause and has identified all fruit conserves, an ingredient used in fruit yoghurts, that may be affected.
“Whilst the risk is considered to be low, as a precaution, we will be disposing of any potentially affected yoghurts that have not yet been dispatched, as well as recalling the relevant batches of products from those affected retailers.
“We are working with the Food Standards Agency and the supplier in question to ensure it does not happen again. We would like to apologise unreservedly to all customers."
If consumers have bought any of the products they are advised not eat them and return them to their nearest store where they will receive a refund. A list of affected products can be found here.
The recall includes Co-op Rise & Shine Greek Style Yoghurt and Raspberry 160g all use by dates up to and including 4 August, Co-Op Strawberry and Raspberry Low fat Yoghurts (4 x 100g) all dates up to and including 15 August and Co-op Truly Irresistible Limited Edition Mango, Brazilian Orange and Coconut Yoghurt (150g) all dates up to and including 8 August.
Sainsbury's Basics Fruit Selection Yoghurts (2x strawberry 2x peach, 4 x 125g) use by 30 July through to 18 August and Sainsbury’s Basics Strawberry Yoghurt 125g from 30 July to 17 August are affected.
Tesco Finest Strawberries & Cream Yoghurt 150g use by 30 July, 4, 7, 12 and 16 August, Tesco Low Fat Coconut Yoghurt 450g 8 August and Tesco Low Fat Lemon Yoghurt 450g use by 5, 10, 11, 14 and 18 August have been withdrawn.
Recalls from Waitrose are 125g Deliciously fruity raspberry low fat yoghurt, Fragrant, creamy Scottish raspberry yoghurt 150g and Multipack Deliciously fruity low fat yoghurt 2 strawberry, 2 raspberry 4 x 125g all with use by 30 July to 15 August.
Asda Extra Special Scottish Raspberry West Country Yoghurt 150g use by 4 and 15 August, Asda Fat Free Red Cherry Yoghurt 450g with use by 13, 14 and 17 August, Asda Fat Free Red Cherry Yoghurt (4 pack) 4 x 125g use by 13 August and Asda Low Fat Coconut Yoghurt 450g use by 3 and 7 August have been recalled.
Asda Low Fat Lemon 4 pack Yoghurt 4 x 125g use by 5 and 12 August 2016, Asda Low Fat Lemon Yoghurt 450g use by 11 and 15 August and Asda Low Fat Mango & Passion fruit Yoghurt 450g use by dates: 30 July, 3 and 6 August are also involved.
Lidl Ireland Irish Yogurt Selection with seeds 500g (4 x 125g) with use by 7, 11, 13, 16 and 19 August was part of the incident.
Collective Dairy Wild Blueberry Yoghurt 150g use by 6, 12, 13, 15, and 20 August and Collective Dairy Wild Blueberry Yoghurt 450g use by 9, 11, 18 and 21 August are also affected.
- This article was updated on 2/8/16 to reflect information from a Food Safety Authority of Ireland recall notice