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Supermarkets in Yeo Valley yoghurt recall over possible health risk

By John Mulgrew

Major supermarkets across Northern Ireland are recalling thousands of popular yoghurts from their shelves amid concerns they contain pieces of rubber which pose a "possible risk to health".

Yeo Valley is recalling a number of its chilled yoghurt products from a series of supermarkets as they possibly contain pieces of rubber, according to the Food Standards Agency.

Almost a dozen separate products are being recalled from Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury's, the Co-op and Waitrose.

It is understood rubber was found in one of the fruit conserves added to its yoghurts and provided by an outside supplier.

Those yoghurts which are being pulled from the shelves include a range of own-brand supermarket products.

That includes Asda's Extra Special Scottish Raspberry West Country Yogurt, Sainsbury's Basics Fruit Selection Yoghurt and Tesco Finest Strawberries & Cream Yoghurt.

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) issued a notice and said products "may contain pieces of rubber". "If you have bought any of the above products, do not eat them," the FSA added. "Instead, follow the advice on the point-of-sale notices."

A spokesman for Yeo Valley told the Daily Mail: "The supplier had identified the cause and identified all fruit conserves - an ingredient used in yoghurts - that may be affected.

"Whilst the risk is considered to be low, we will be disposing of any potentially affected yoghurts that have not yet been dispatched, as well as recalling the relevant batches of products from those affected retailers."

Meanwhile, Lidl is recalling packets of peanuts and fruit yoghurts because the labels fail to mention in English that they contain nuts or milk.

In a notice to customers, the German firm said it was recalling Alesto Honey Peanuts with a best before date of February 2017 "due to peanuts not being declared in English on a small number of packets".

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