A popular prebiotic kids snack has been recalled over fears it may contain small fragments of plastic.
Consumers who purchased the pre-packaged Smoothie Drops Berry, Banana and Coconut Milk 20 gram are being warned not to eat it.
Food Standards Australia has recalled the popular kid's snack by children’s food brand Whole Kids after it was discovered tiny fragments of plastic could be inside.
The product, suitable for children 11 months and older, has been pulled off shelves in major retailers including Woolworths, Coles, Big W and local grocers nationally.
The foreign matter may be found in all packets with best before dates up to August 12, 2022.
What consumers should do
Food authorities have advised the plastic “may cause injury if consumed” and have instructed consumers to return the product to the place of purchase.
Whole Kids released a statement on the company’s Facebook page.
“We have become aware of a small number of incidents where little plastic fragments have been found in our Smoothie Drops,” the post said.
“We have fully investigated the matter and identified the cause of the problem, and our manufacturer has taken immediate action to rectify the issue to ensure it doesn’t happen again.
“We take the safety of our customers and the quality of our products very seriously.
"If you have purchased a packet of Whole Kids Smoothie Drops with any Best Before Dates up to 12/8/2022 and sold from any store, please do not eat the product or have your child eat the product. We ask that you return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund.
“We deeply apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused you and your family, and we’re working very hard to ensure we have new stock of our Smoothie Drops back on the shelves at your local store.
Retailers issue warning
Major retailer Big W let customers know of the recall on their Facebook page.
“At BIG W, we're committed to providing our valued customers with safe, quality products, which is why we are sharing a product recall notice issued by our partner, Whole Kids, for their Whole Kids Smoothie Drops Berry, Banana & Coconut Milk 20g product with a best before date of 12/08/22 or earlier and was sold by multiple national retailers including BIG W,” the warning said.
“Please don’t eat this product and instead return it to one of our stores for a full refund, or contact our customer contact centre for assistance.”
The post prompted parents to check their packets with many saying they were throwing them in the bin.
“I have them for the kids, it’s such an easy snack to have on hand and yummy too,” one mum said.
“In the bin, they go!”
For further information, consumers should contact www.wholekids.com.au.
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