Nestle S'pore clears air on baby-food rumour

Nestle Singapore has refuted a rumour spreading on social-networking site Facebook.

The rumour claimed that the food giant was asking for a recall of all Gerber Banana Baby Food expiring this year, because they may contain glass.

However, Nestle Singapore has since stated that the rumour, while based on an actual recall by Nestle France in June last year, is misleading and inaccurate.

The voluntary recall was for one specific batch of baby-food product, Nestle P'tit Pot Recette Banana. However, that product is sold only in France, and the recall did not extend to any other product batches.

The recall had been done as a precautionary measure, after Nestle was contacted by a consumer who had found glass in a jar. Investigations concluded that it was an isolated case.

Gerber, a United Statesbased subsidiary of Nestle, had nothing to do with the recall. Nestle Singapore released a statement saying that it "would like to assure customers that the recall of Nestle P'tit Pot Recette Banana baby food does not affect the Singapore market, as the product is sold only in France".

The rumour appears to be a resurfacing of the same message that was circulated on the Web last July and December.

Its resurfacing comes on the heels of a recall by China's biggest milk producer by revenue, Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group, last week.

Batches of its baby formula were found to contain "unusual" levels of mercury, in the country's latest safety scare.

For more my paper stories click here.