Warning over sabotaged loavesGlass and a needle found in packs of bread

13 October 2006

 

Slices of bread

Shoppers have been warned to be on their guard after shards of glass and a needle were found in packs of bread.

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has issued the warning following the discoveries within packaging of Kingsmill sliced loaves.

It's believed the objects were put in the packs deliberately and police are carrying out investigations.

The loaves came from Allied Bakeries' plant in Orpington, Kent - which produces around 2.5 million loaves every week - and the objects were clearly visible once the bread bag was opened and were not embedded in the bread.

Ongoing investigation

Police were initially called in last year following similar incidents when five consumers found fragments of glass or sewing needles in their Kingsmill bread.

The FSA said: 'The Agency has been working closely with the police, who are leading the investigation, and Allied Bakeries to resolve this issue and will be pressing the company to take further measures as appropriate.

'If customers find a foreign object in any Allied Bakeries bread, they should contact the Allied Bakeries Customer Careline on 0800 1970110 immediately.'

Meanwhile, Sainsbury’s has withdrawn a batch of its own brand Fruit and Nut Muesli after moths were found in the product.

Moths in muesli

The affected products are 1.5kg bags of the cereal with batch codes starting with '6213'.

The batch code can be found on the back of the pack under the 'best before' date. No other batch codes or Sainsbury's products are known to be affected.

Anyone who has bought this batch of muesli should dispose of the contents and then return the packaging to any Sainsbury's store for a full refund.

A Sainsbury's spokeswoman said: 'It is a very, very small issue; it is isolated to a very small batch of the product.

'As soon as the issue was identified through an increase in customer complaints, the product was withdrawn from stores and an investigation is under way.'