Waitrose issues 'emergency' plea to shoppers and warns 'it is necessary'

Waitrose has issued an emergency alert to shoppers - begging them "do not consume" a popular kitchen staple. Waitrose has issued a product recall for its Waitrose Essentials Salted Dairy Butter 500g, it said on Tuesday (April 23) in a statement.

Waitrose announced: " Waitrose Essentials Salted Dairy Butter 500g. Pack size: 500g. Brand : Waitrose. Use By : 19/06/24. We are recalling this product due to the potential presence of blue cloth. Do not consume. Package up item.

"Return the product to your local Waitrose & Partners branch for a refund. Contact: Waitrose Customer Care 0800 188 884, Option 4. We apologise that it has been necessary to recall this product and for the inconvenience caused."

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The Food Standards Agency (FSA) explained why food products are sometimes withdrawn or recalled. The FSA said: "If there is a problem with a food product that means it should not be sold, then it might be 'withdrawn' (taken off the shelves) or 'recalled' (when customers are asked to return the product).

"The FSA issues Product Withdrawal Information Notices and Product Recall Information Notices to let consumers and local authorities know about problems associated with food. In some cases, a 'Food Alert for Action' is issued. This provides local authorities with details of specific action to be taken on behalf of consumers."

It comes days after it emerged Unilever is recalling Magnum Almond Ice Cream Sticks, (3x100ml), because of the possible presence of plastic and metal. The possible presence of plastic and metal makes the product unsafe to eat.

Unilever is recalling the above product. Point of sale notices will be displayed in all retail stores that are selling this product. These notices explain to customers why the product is being recalled and tell them what to do if they have bought the product. Please see the attached notice.