'Dispose of it!' Tesco recalls Kellogg's cereal as shoppers are warned it could cause 'choking hazard' or 'dental damage'

'Dispose of it!' Tesco recalls Kellogg's cereal as shoppers are warned it could cause 'choking hazard' or 'dental damage'

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Food Standards Agency
Anna Barry

By Anna Barry

Published: 22/05/2024

- 17:21

Updated: 23/05/2024

- 11:47

Tesco shoppers have been encouraged to check their cupboards for the affected product

Tesco is the latest supermarket to recall a food product due to a quality defect.

Britons who have a box of Kellogg’s Corn Flakes Chocolate Flavour cereal at home should dispose of it immediately. The product poses a minimal risk of causing dental damage or choking.

Kellogg’s Corn Flakes Chocolate Flavour

Pack size: 450g

Best Before Dates: From December 6, 2024 to April 28, 2025

Kellogg\u2019s Corn Flakes Chocolate Flavour 450g

Kellogg's Corn Flakes Chocolate Flavour has been recalled due to a quality defect


Kellanova said: "Kellanova, formerly Kellogg Company and maker of Kellogg’s cereals in Europe, is voluntarily recalling ‘Kellogg’s Corn Flakes Chocolate Flavour’ cereal due to identifying a quality defect.

"Following some consumer complaints, the Company found that a small proportion of boxes could contain hard lumps of cereal that do not break down when eaten with milk.

"This means there is a minimal risk these hard lumps could potentially cause dental damage or be a choking hazard.

"This voluntary consumer recall relates to Kellogg’s Corn Flakes Chocolate Flavour cereal which is a new product on sale since January 2024 and available in Tesco, One Stop, Londis, Budgens, Booker Premier stores and Booker Cash & Carry outlets."

Kellanova assured customers that the recall does not affect Kellogg’s Corn Flakes Original cereal or any other Kellogg’s product.

The food manufacturing company said: "Kellanova is asking consumers to check their cupboards and if they have a box of Kellogg’s Corn Flakes Chocolate Flavour cereal, please dispose of it.

"Consumers can contact the Kellanova Customer Care team online here with any questions on what to do and how to receive reimbursement." Kellanova apologised for any inconvenience caused.

A spokesperson said: “Making good food which is safe and high quality is our number one priority at Kellanova.

"Clusters of cereal forming during production can be a normal occurrence and these usually break up when eaten or placed in milk.

"But, when we spotted that hard lumps of cereal were forming in a very small amount of our new Kellogg’s Corn Flakes Chocolate Flavour cereal, we took the decision to recall all products.

“It’s important to say that the risk of injury from these hard lumps of chocolate cereal is minimal but we’re not willing to compromise on quality or safety.



Britons have been told to dispose of a popular product


"We are asking customers and consumers to dispose of any product they have and contact us for a refund. We have also let the regulator know about this issue and are working with them on next steps."

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) explained why food recalls occur. The FSA said: "Sometimes there will be 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).

"Sometimes foods have to be withdrawn or recalled if there is a risk to consumers because the allergy labelling is missing or incorrect or if there is any other food allergy risk. When there is a food allergy risk, the FSA will issue an Allergy Alert."

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