Fruit drink withdrawn from UK shelves

A soft drinks company withdrew batches of fruit juice from supermarket shelves across the UK today amid concerns they could have been contaminated.

Britvic recalled 200ml bottles of Robinsons Fruit Shoot Strawberry No Added Sugar bought after April 25 over fears they may have been contaminated with peanuts.

No other Robinsons products or Fruit Shoot flavours or pack sizes are affected.

The company says consumers or parents with children who have nut allergies should immediately dispose of any affected product or return it to the retailer for a refund. People without nut allergies are unaffected.

The Food Standards Agency warns very tiny amounts of peanut can cause a reaction in people who are sensitive. For example, if they eat food served using the same knife as a food containing peanuts, then traces of peanuts that have got into the food from the knife could cause a reaction.

Even being close to someone else eating peanuts can be enough to make some people react.

The product is sold in singles and multi-packs and has been distributed to Asda, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, and Tesco, which have been advised of the recall.

The product being recalled has the following codes (found on the neck of each bottle):

:: JAN 09 N6 8115 followed by a 4-digit time code

:: JAN 09 N5 8115 followed by a 4-digit time code

:: JAN 09 N6 8116 followed by a 4-digit time code

:: JAN 09 N5 8116 followed by a 4-digit time code

A spokeswoman for Britvic said the company was committed to the health and safety of its consumers and apologised for any inconvenience caused. She said only a “small number” of drinks were affected.

Two other unrelated product recall notices were announced yesterday.

Sainsbury’s recalled packets of Chocolate and Toffee Crisp Bites sold in in-store bakeries with a best-before date of June 22 2008 and Asda recalled own-brand Flapjack Mini Bites with a best-before date of May 26 2008 because of fears of possible glass contamination.

Aldi, Costco and Iceland recalled certain batches of the frozen mussels produced by Irish company Bantry Bay Seafoods.

For more information on the Fruit Shoot recall consumers can call Britvic’s Consumer Care Line on 0800 0321767.

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