Last updated on 17 December 2012

Certain batches of cheese withdrawn from three supermarkets

Asda, The Co-operative and WM Morrison Supermarkets PLC have withdrawn certain batches of mild cheddar and red Leicester cheese because small pieces of metal may be present in the products. If you have bought any of the products listed below, do not eat it. The Agency has issued a Product Withdrawal Information Notice.

Products affected

The products being withdrawn are:

ASDA Smart Price Mild White Cheddar, 385g

'Best before' dates:

  • 7 February 2013
  • 8 February 2013
  • 12 February 2013
  • 13 February 2013
  • 16 February 2013
  • 21 February 2013

ASDA Smart Price Red Leicester, 385g

'Best before' dates:

  • 7 January 2013
  • 8 January 2013
  • 9 January 2013
  • 23 January 2013
  • 24 January 2013
  • 25 January 2013

The Co-operative British Mild White Cheddar 250g

'Best before' date: 28 January 2013

The Co-operative Value Red Leicester

'Best before' date: 26 January 2013

Morrisons M Savers Mild White Cheddar, 350g

'Use by' dates:

  • 21 January 2013
  • 25 January 2013
  • 31 January 2013
  • 3 February 2013
  • 7 February 2013

Morrisons M Savers Mild White Cheddar, 700g

'Use by' dates:

  • 22 January 2013
  • 30 January 2013
  • 4 February 2013

Morrisons M Savers Grated Mild White Cheddar, 500g

'Use by' dates:

  • 10 January 2013
  • 12 January 2013
  • 15 January 2013
  • 21 January 2013

Morrisons M Savers 10 Mild White Cheddar Cheese Slices, 240g

'Use by' dates:

  • 5 January 2013
  • 9 January 2013
  • 11 January 2013
  • 14 January 2013
  • 23 January 2013

Asda, The Co-operative and WM Morrison Supermarkets PLC have withdrawn the above products from all of their stores, because small pieces of metal may be present in the products. Notices are being displayed in the stores. If you have bought any of the above products, do not eat it. No other products from these supermarkets are known to be affected.

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