Monday, May 9, 2011

Nestle - more product recalls

"Nestle Product Recalls: Maggi Noodles And Other Products"
by The EQualizer Post, 05 May 2011
Complete article with images appears here.

"Nestle Philippines is recalling Maggi noodles for possible salmonella contamination.
The firm said it is recalling Maggi beef and chicken noodles after it found traces of salmonella in two batches of the beef variant.

Nestle said in an ad published in a newspaper that "the product recall is a precautionary measure to ensure the safety and quality of our products."

"We have immediately initiated an extensive investigation to determine the cause of this contamination, and initial findings suggest flavoring ingredients as the cause," it added.

Nestle has stopped production of all Maggi noodles pending the completion of the investigation, it said.

Consumers who have purchased the recalled products are requested to contact the company's hotlines 898-0061 (for Metro Manila) or 1-800-100-637853 (toll free for provincial areas). From ABS CBN NEWS

From News Medical
By Dr Ananya Mandal, MD

Lean cuisine Spaghetti With Meatball has been recalled in the U.S. after bits of red plastic have reportedly been found in a few of the ready-made meals.
The recall notice was issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and affects about 10,260 pounds of frozen spaghetti and meatballs. Food maker Nestle, in its statement, says the affected packages were produced in October. The health risk associated with this recall is low, the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service explained. If the product is consumed, there is only a remote probability of adverse health consequences.

Nestle Prepared Foods received complaints from consumers in Minnesota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin, that consumers had found hard plastic in the frozen meals, the FSIS said. The products were sold east of the Rocky Mountains in 9.5 ounce units entitled “Lean Cuisine Simple Favorites, Spaghetti with Meatballs” and have the establishment number “EST 7991.” They all have a November 2011 expiry date on the side of the package.

“We apologize to our retail customers and consumers and sincerely regret any inconvenience created by this voluntary product recall,” Nestlé said in a statement.

CNN) — Nestle Prepared Foods Co. announced a voluntary recall of a frozen spaghetti and meatballs dinner it manufacturers which may be contaminated with pieces of red plastic.

The recall applies to packages of LEAN CUISINE® Simple Favorites Spaghetti with Meatballs frozen dinners that were manufactured during a one-hour period in October, according to a news release by the Solon, Ohio-based company.

The production code on packages subject to the recall is 0298595519 P, the release stated.

“Nestle is taking this action after a few consumers reported they had found red plastic in the meatball portion of the entrée,” the statement read. “No injuries were reported by any of these consumers.”

“Thus far, the plastic complaints appear to be confined to a very short period of production,” the company stated. “However, out of an abundance of caution, Nestle is recalling the entire hour code of that product.”

The company stated that no other products were affected by the possible contamination.

Nestlé To Drop Deceptive Health Claim On Children’s Drink

A subsidiary of Nestlé S.A., the world’s largest food and nutrition company, has agreed to drop allegedly deceptive advertising claims about the health benefits of its children’s drink BOOST Kid Essentials, as part of a settlement resolving the Federal Trade Commission’s first case challenging advertising for probiotics.

The FTC complaint charges that from fall 2008 to fall 2009, Nestlé HealthCare Nutrition, Inc. made deceptive claims in television, magazine, and print ads that BOOST Kid Essentials prevents upper respiratory tract infections in children, protects against colds and flu by strengthening the immune system, and reduces absences from daycare or school due to illness.

BOOST Kid Essentials is a nutritionally complete drink intended for children ages 1 to 13. The probiotics in BOOST Kid Essentials are embedded in a straw that comes with the drink, which was prominently featured in ads for the product. Probiotics are live, beneficial bacteria that are found naturally in many foods, and they are known for aiding digestion and fighting harmful bacteria.

“‪Nestlé’s claims that its probiotic product would prevent kids from getting sick or missing school just didn’t stand up to scrutiny,” said David Vladeck, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. “Parents want to do right by their kids, and the FTC is helping them by monitoring ads and stopping those that are deceptive.”

The advertisements challenged by the FTC featured the drink’s probiotic straw. In one ad, the straw jumped out of the drink box, formed a protective barrier around a girl as she encountered a sneezing boy, and then formed steps allowing her to reach a basketball hoop and shoot a ball into the net.

The ads falsely claimed that BOOST Kid Essentials is clinically shown to reduce illness in children, to protect from colds and flu by strengthening the immune system, and to help children up to age 13 recover more quickly from diarrhea, the FTC charged."


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