Baby food urgently recalled after fears they could contain 'killer' apple stalks in food agency blunder

POPULAR baby foods are being frantically recalled over fears they could contain "killer" apple stalks.

It comes after a blunder saw the "unsafe to eat" products released back to supermarkets across the country after being recalled months before.


Parents have been told not to feed their tots Aptimal Oats or muesli from Cow & Gate, both made by Dublin-based Nutricia, as they could contain apple stalks which could choke babies.

Now, the Food Standards Agency has admitted in nationwide alert that the products – Cow & Gate My First Muesli 10+ months and Aptamil Oats, Raisin & Apple Bircher Muesli 10+ months – had been "re-released in error" after a warning was originally put out back in January.

A statement from the FSA said: "Nutricia is recalling Cow & Gate and Aptamil Muesli products because some packs have been found to contain pieces of apple stalks.

"The presence of the apple stalks presents a choking hazard to babies making these products unsafe to eat.

"This is an update to the recall of the same products on 15/01/2021 as two of the products were rereleased in error."

Cow & Gate packs are sold in most major supermarkets, so parents are being urged to check their shelves for the product.

A description of the Cow & Gate muesli on the products label says it helps "your little one explore new textures by introducing varied size pieces of fruits and grains".

Your product recall rights

PRODUCT recalls are an important means of protecting consumers from dangerous goods.

As a general rule, if a recall involves a branded product, the manufacturer would usually have lead responsibility for the recall action.

But it's often left up to supermarkets to notify customers when products could put them at risk.

If you are concerned about the safety of a product you own, always check the manufacturer’s website to see if a safety notice has been issued.

When it comes to appliances, rather than just food items, the onus is usually on you – the customer – to register the appliance with the manufacturer as if you don't there is no way of contacting you to tell you about a fault.

If you become aware that an item you own has been recalled or has any safety noticed issued against it, make sure you follow the instructions given to you by the manufacturer.

They should usually provide you with more information and a contact number on its safety notice.

In some cases, the manufacturer might ask you to return the item for a full refund or arrange for the faulty product to be collected.

You should not be charged for any recall work – such as a repair, replacement or collection of the recalled item.

An alert from the FSA adds: "Point of sale notices will be displayed in all retail stores that are selling these products.

"These notices explain to customers why these products are being recalled and tell them what to do if they have bought these products."

"If you have bought the above products do not feed them to your baby.

"Instead, return them to the store from where they were bought, with or without a receipt, for a full refund."

Other recent product recalls to look out for include breakfast cereal at Morrisons, which has been recalled due to fears it contains plastic.

While Birds Eye chicken burgers and Nestlé baby formula have also been recalled for the same reason.

Plus, Asda is recalling pasta ready meals for kids over concerns they contain pieces of blue rubber.

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