Certain Cow & Gate baby food has been recalled from a supermarket in the United Kingdom because it may have been tampered with.
Cow & Gate and Tesco are recalling 15 varieties of 7 plus month Cow & Gate baby food sold in jars by Tesco stores in the U.K.
The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) confirmed with Tesco and the Food Standards Agency that jars sold in Ireland are not affected by the recall.
All date codes and batches of Butternut Squash Chicken and Pasta, Courgette and Hake Rice, Yummy Harvest Chicken, Apple Crumble, Banana Crumble, Peach Apple and Kiwi, Rice Pudding, Creamy Cauliflower Cheese, Garden Pea and Turkey, Potato Spinach and Beef, Potato and Turkey Roast, Spaghetti Bolognese, Succulent Pork Casserole, Tasty Cottage Pie and Tomato and Courgette Pasta are affected. A zucchini is called a courgette in the U.K.
Police investigation into tampering
A statement from Cow & Gate, which is owned by Danone, said the action follows concerns that a small number of jars may have been tampered with.
“Please do not feed any Cow & Gate 7+ month baby food jars 200-gram purchased from Tesco to your baby. Parents and carers are advised not to use these 7+ month jars of Cow & Gate baby food jars purchased in Tesco stores in the U.K. because they may pose a food safety risk. Please return any jars to Tesco stores where they were purchased for a full refund.”
The company has not clarified how the products were potentially tampered with but said there is an ongoing police investigation so it was unable to share further details.
Cow & Gate 7+ months jars sold at other retailers and other Cow & Gate baby foods are not affected.
The possible tampering of the product may present a safety risk, according to the Food Standards Agency.
In December 2019, Heinz and Tesco recalled all 7+ months Heinz By Nature baby food after one jar was tampered with. Two sharp metal fragments were found in it.
All dates and batches of Heinz By Nature 7+ months baby foods 200-gram jars of Sweet and Sour Chicken, Mango Chicken Curry, Cottage Pie, Cheesy and Tomato Pasta Stars, Sunday Chicken Dinner, Winter Veggies and Lamb, Pasta Bake with Tuna, and Spaghetti Bolognese were affected.
In May 2019, Danone Early Life Nutrition recalled a batch of Cow & Gate Cheesy Broccoli Bake 10 months plus Children as some 250-gram jars contained pieces of a thin blue rubber glove.
The implicated batch with a best before date of Dec. 28, 2020, was made in Poland and only sold by Boots Ireland.
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