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Wednesday, 25 April, 2001, 12:49 GMT 13:49 UK
Metal shavings found in Nescafé coffee
Nescafe Original
Nestlé has asked customers to destroy affected jars
Foods giant Nestlé has recalled about 250,000 jars of coffee after a customer found metal shavings in one of them.

Nestlé said the shavings had since been found in a small number of other jars of Nescafé coffee so an entire day's production had been recalled.

The problem affects 100-gram jars of Nescafé Original with a £1.89 price label on the lid.

It is the second major food safety scare in as many days.


A small number of the jars have been found to contain pieces of metal shavings

Nestlé spokeswoman
On Monday, confectionery manufacturer Mars had to destroy three million Twix chocolate bars after beetles were found in the flour that had been used to make the snacks.

The affected jars of Nescafé are marked with a best before date of 01.2003 and the production code 1025.

A spokeswoman for Nestlé said that although the company believed the problem was confined to a few jars, the entire batch was being recalled.

'Isolated incident'

She said: "A small number of the jars have been found to contain pieces of metal shavings.

"As a result of this, Nestlé is recalling the one batch of the product where this problem has occurred.

"Information available at this point in time indicates an isolated incident on the filling operation.

"However, to ensure that all Nescafé Original is completely safe to drink we are recalling the complete day's production."

Customers with the affected jars were advised to dispose of the product carefully and claim a refund by sending labels with the relevant best before date and code to Nescafé 100g Original Recall, PO Box 205, York, YO91 1XY.

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