Asda recalls baby food due to salmonella presence – ‘do not feed it to your baby’

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Food recalls are issued when a product could cause damage to an individual due to a health and safety issue. When this happens, companies withdraw the product from shelves and usually ask customers who have already bought it to return it to stores.

A number of major supermarkets have recalled foods in recent days and weeks.

Asda has recalled a baby food product as it may contain salmonella.

The food product was manufactured by Abbott and is used for special medical products for children.

Salmonella symptoms include stomach pains, diarrhoea, and vomiting.

The supermarket has stated the food recall on its website.

Asda said: “Abbott has taken the precautionary step of recalling various batches of Elecare Similac and Alimentum Similac infant formula powders because they might contain Salmonella.

“Both products are foods used for special medical purposes for infants, ordinarily to be used under medical supervision.”

One of the powders comes in a pack 400g in size and has best before dates of October 1, 2022, December 1, 2022, and February 1, 2023.

This product is called Elecare Similac.

The other product, Alimentum Similac, also comes in a pack 400g in size and has best before dates of October 1, 2022, November 1, 2022, June 1, 2023, June 30, 2023, July 1, 2023, August 1, 2023, September 1, 2023, October 1, 2023, November 1, 2023, January 1, 2023, February 1, 2023, March 1, 2023, April 1, 2023, and May 1, 2023.

Asda outline the products’ risk statement, saying: “The presence of Salmonella in the products listed above.

“Symptoms caused by Salmonella usually include fever, diarrhoea and abdominal cramps.”

As for the action taken by the company, Asda added: “Abbott is recalling the above products. All stores and pharmacies that are supplying these products are being informed.”

The supermarket also offered its advice to customers. It said: “If you have purchased or been prescribed any of the above product batches, do not feed it to your baby and return to the place of purchase.

“If you have additional questions, please contact Abbott on 01795 580303.”

Asda is not the only supermarket to recall foods recently.

Tesco is recalling its Free From Digestive Biscuits because they may contain small pieces of metal, which makes it unsafe to eat.

The biscuits’ pack is 160g in size and its best before date is March 2023.

The Food Standards Agency stated on its website: “Tesco is recalling the above product.

“Point of sale notices will be displayed in all retail stores that are selling the product.

“These notices explain to customers why the product is being recalled and tell them what to do if they have bought the product.”

The supermarket added: “We have been made aware that one date code of Tesco Free From Digestive Biscuits 160g may contain small pieces of metal.

“Please do not eat these biscuits instead return any affected product to a store where a full refund will be given. No receipt is required.”

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