Published On: Tue, May 10th, 2016

Blue Ribbon ice-cream recalled after plastic pieces found inside tubs

Unilever has recalled its 1.25L and 2L tubs of Blue Ribbon ice-cream, warning they may contain pieces of plastic that pose a safety risk.

The ice-cream maker said it was aware of a very small number of cases where plastic pieces had been found in the tubs and could present a risk of injury, according to the voluntary recall announcement on Wednesday night.

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Blue Ribbon ice-cream recalled after plastic pieces found inside tubs

The recall affects all Blue Ribbon flavours in the 1.25L and 2L tubs sold throughout retail stores across Australia.

The plastic pieces found their way into the ice-cream via machinery during the production process at Unilever’s Minto factory where Blue Ribbon products are made.

“This is an operational issue whereby plastic appears to have entered some tubs during the production process,” a Unilever spokeswoman said.

“We have undertaken a full investigation of the issue and reviewed our quality assurance measures. We have implemented a number of measures to address the issue and are confident the steps we have taken have rectified the problem.”

Products with best before dates between 28 April 2017 and 27 April 2018, were affected, Unilever said in a statement.

“Consumers are advised not to eat the affected products and should return empty ice-cream tubs to the place of purchase for a full refund,” the statement read.

Products with a best before date from 28 April 28 onwards are not affected.

Consumers with questions can contact Unilever on 1800 801 885 or email consumerrelations.uanz@unilever.com.

“We thank everyone for their co-operation and apologise for the inconvenience caused by this recall.

“Our focus is always on the health and safety of our consumers and maintaining our high quality standards,” Unilever said.

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