Thousands of yogurts recalled after rubber fault

Thousands of yogurts were recalled over rubber contamination

Thousands of Yeo Valley yogurts have been recalled by five UK supermarkets, after the products were contaminated with rubber.

Tesco, Sainsbury, Asda, Waitrose and Co-operative were advised to remove the Yeo Valley products from their shelves, as they posed a “possible risk” to health, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) said.

All of the recalled products were sold under own-labels, and were manufactured by Yeo Valley. Eighteen brands were affected in total, across five supermarket chains. See box below for a full list of recalled products.

A spokesman at Yeo Valley told “Yeo Valley can confirm that a piece of rubber was found in a fruit conserve supplied by one of our suppliers.

‘Identified the cause’

“The supplier has identified the cause and has identified all fruit conserves, an ingredient used in fruit yogurts, that may be affected.”

Yeo Valley said the risk of rubber contamination is low. As a precaution the company will dispose of any potentially affected products that have not yet been dispatched.

“Food safety and quality are paramount to Yeo Valley. We are working with the FSA and the supplier in question to ensure it does not happen again. We would like to apologise unreservedly to all customers.”

The supermarkets are asking customers to return the products for a full refund.

Tesco said in a statement: “We have been made aware by our supplier that three varieties of Tesco yogurts may potentially contain pieces of rubber.

“Tesco apologises to customers for any inconvenience caused.”

‘A precautionary measure’

Elsewhere, Co-operative said: “Yeo Valley have advised that as a precautionary measure, all the following use by dates of the below children products are being recalled.

“During production the product has been contaminated with small pieces of rubber.”

News of the recalled yogurts followed similar recalls last month. Tesco and Sainsbury’s own-label pasta products were recalled, sparked by rubber contamination. The FSA declared the products, made by Belgian manufacturer Noliko, may also have contained pieces of rubber.

Earlier this year, Mars recalled millions of products on fears they may contain pieces of plastic. A total of 55 countries were affected by the recall.

Meanwhile, food safety will be the focal point of Food Manufacture Group’s annual one-day Food Safety Conference. The conference takes place on October 13, at Prospero House in London.


Rubber recalls of yogurt products:


Asda Extra Special Scottish Raspberry West Country Yogurt; Asda Fat Free Red Cherry Yogurt; Asda Fat Free Red Cherry Yogurt (4 pack); Asda Low Fat Coconut Yogurt; Asda Low Fat Lemon 4 pack Yogurt; Asda Low Fat Lemon Yogurt 450g; Asda Low Fat Mango & Passion fruit Yoghurt; Collective Dairy Wild Blueberry Yoghurt; Collective Dairy Wild Blueberry Yoghurt


Co-op Rise & Shine Greek Style Yogurt and Raspberry; Co-Op Strawberry and Raspberry Low fat Yogurts (4 x 100g); Co-op Truly Irresistible Limited Edition Mango, Brazilian Orange and Coconut Yogurt (150g); Co-op Truly Irresistible


Sainsbury's Basics Fruit Selection Yogurts (2x strawberry 2x peach); Sainsbury’s Basics Strawberry Yogurt


Tesco Finest Strawberries & Cream Yoghurt; Tesco Low Fat Coconut Yoghurt 450g; Tesco Low Fat Lemon Yoghurt; Collective Dairy Wild Blueberry Yoghurt


125g Deliciously fruity raspberry low fat yogurt; Fragrant, creamy Scottish raspberry yogurt; Multipack Deliciously fruity low fat yogurt 2 strawberry, 2 raspberry; The Collective Dairy wild blueberry yoghurt; The Collective Dairy Wild Blueberry Yoghurt

Source: FSA

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Comments (2)

Craig Ashley - 20 Sep 2016 | 06:22

awful news

This is awful news... imagine the needless waste of food... for what? How many people are 100% aware of the 'dangers' of packaging impurities leeching into foodstuffs on a daily basis, or know how carefully their food is handled behind the scenes and on shop floor in supermarkets? No-one. It's like the 'best before' scandal... planet-depleting, self-important gibberish.

20-Sep-2016 at 18:22 GMT

Susan jones - 01 Aug 2016 | 04:38

product recall

Just heard about the rubber issue (co-op raspberry/strawberry yogurts). I have actually been eating them for the past three days and have one left! Are there any actual dates we should be concerned with? What affect could this issue have on a person?

01-Aug-2016 at 16:38 GMT

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