LONDON (Reuters) - British cheesemaker Sherborne Cheese recalled its prized farmhouse cheddar cheese on Friday after traces of plastic were found in some of its products, causing concern across a chain of retailers.
Labelling for the Sherborne-brand cheese at a Tesco superstore in the Golders Green area of north London, Britain, February 15, 2020. REUTERS/Toby Melville
The Polish manufacturer to which the cheese was made made the consumer goods giant Swiss-based Nestle some undisclosed number of contaminated cheeses last November.
Nestle took the product off sale on Thursday.
Britain’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) said the recalled product contained chunks of tape that were found to be sourced from places including Poland, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.
“The tape was likely to have been used to attach seals to packages before they left the factory,” Nestle said in a statement.
These were then distributed to supermarkets, including Tesco, Waitrose, Aldi, Lidl, Morrisons, Asda, M&S and Monmouthshire Co-op, the FSA said.
The packs of cheese have a manufacturer date code of June 12, 2019 and have a production lot code of A18 306418.
“Our customers who have the affected products should return them to the place of purchase for a full refund,” a spokesman for the FSA said.
Sherborne Cheese said in a statement on its website that it had been in contact with consumers and industry.
“We would like to reassure you that we have taken a decision to withdraw all Sherborne Farmhouse Cheese until a full investigation is complete,” the company said.
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