Batch of S-26 infant formula withdrawn from sale after lizard found in tin of formula
Infant formula manufacturing company Aspen Nutritionals Australia Pty Ltd (Aspen Nutritionals) has voluntarily withdrawn batch number 40727482A2 of its S-26 Original Progress infant formula.
Aspen Nutritionals said it was “very concerned” that a customer had reported finding a lizard in a tin of S-26 Original Progress formula, and is voluntarily withdrawing the affected batch number 40727482A2 while it investigates the issue. No other products or batches are affected, and the Company said consumers could “continue to use these with confidence”.
Stephen Voordouw, General Manager at Aspen Nutritionals, said the company is “totally committed to only manufacturing and supplying products of the highest quality and customer safety remains Aspen’s top priority”.
“From our discussion with the complainant we have confirmed that the product can, its contents and packaging will be returned to the NSW Food Authority,” Mr Voordouw said. “It will then be thoroughly tested as a matter of urgency in an independent laboratory here in Australia, and also at the manufacturing site,” he said.
“In the meantime, as a precaution, we are withdrawing only the affected batch from the trade,” Mr Voordouw said. “Other products in the S-26 range are NOT affected,” he said.
Mr Voordouw said S-26 Original Progress formula is made in a plant that is fully compliant with applicable global and Australian quality standards for infant formula manufacture.
“It is important to note that there have been no previous complaints of this type or relating to this batch,” Mr Voordouw said. “We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this voluntary batch withdrawal may cause. In the meantime, an alternative batch of S-26 Original Progress will be distributed from our warehouse today and should be available in most retail outlets by the end of the week,” he said.