Baby Food Recall Due to Tampering Fears
A range of Cow and Gate baby food has been recalled in Britain as there are real concerns it may have been tampered with. The implicated products are 15 varieties of 7 month plus Cow and Gate jars of baby food sold by Tesco. The Food Safety Authority of Ireland have confirmed that none of the jars sold in Ireland are affected by the recall.
Cow and Gate confirmed in a statement that a small number of jars may have been tampered with. The company has not clarified how the products were potentially tampered with and as there is an on-going police investigation they were unable to share details. Product recalls for deliberate tampering thankfully are not common but there have been several recent recalls of baby food which we hope is not the beginning of an increase in this area. Heinz and Tesco had a recall in December 2019 after one jar was found to be tampered with and two sharp metal objects found in it. In May 2019 Danone also had a recall due to some jars of baby food intended for infants aged 10 months plus containing pieces of a blue rubber glove. The motivation for tampering with food products is not clear. What is crystal clear though is that food businesses need to be ever vigilant to risks to food safety from any and all avenues.
A prerequisite of any businesses food safety management system which assesses risks to food safety and develops and implements critical controls is a well trained staff. Booking the Environmental Health Association of Ireland Primary Course in Food Hygiene is a practical step you can take today to protect your business.