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Supermarket giant Tesco has recalled a popular food product because it contains food-grade silica beads. Tesco and the Food Standards Agency (FSA) have issued advice to those affected by the recall.

Product details

AERO Hot Chocolate jars 288g

Batch code: All batch codes

Best before date: all dates

Tesco stated: “Nestlé is recalling all date codes of AERO Hot Chocolate jars 288g, as they may contain small (2mm–3mm) food-grade silica beads. However, these aren’t harmful if consumed.”

The supermarket issued advice to affected customers: “If you’ve bought an affected product, please don’t use it.

“Instead, dispose of the contents and send the lid of the jar with your name and address for a full refund to: AERO Hot Chocolate recall, PO Box 205, Freepost 1374, York, YO91 1XB.

“Alternatively, return it to a Tesco store for a refund. No receipt is required. Use our store locators to find your nearest UK Tesco or ROI Tesco.”

For further information on the recall, customers can contact Nestlé directly for free on 00800 63785385.

They can also contact Tesco Customer Services on 0800 505 555 (UK) or 1800 248 123 (ROI).

In addition to the AERO Hot Chocolate Jars stocked at Tesco, Nestlé has recalled two other similar items, which may also contain small pieces of food-grade silica beads.

The FSA issued a risk statement: “These products may contain small pieces of food-grade silica beads, making them unsafe to eat.”

Product details

AERO ‘Hot Choc’ sachets

Pack size: 24g

Batch code: All batch codes

Best before: All date codes

AERO GO Instant ‘Hot Choc’

Pack size: 28g

Batch code: All batch codes

Best before: All date codes

Nestlé issued a notice for customers who may have bought the product. It read: Nestlé UK & Ireland is voluntarily recalling the above AERO Hot Chocolate products including all batch codes and dates.

“The action is being taken as it has come to our attention that a very small number of packs may contain small (2mm-3mm) food-grade silica beads.

“The beads are non-toxic but could present a minimal choking risk.”

Nestlé apologised for the inconvenience caused and assured customers that no other Nestlé or AERO products are affected by the recall.

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