The Spanish Food Safety and Nutrition Agency (Aesan), dependent on the Ministry of Consumption, this Wednesday reported the return of several batches of ice cream from Aldi, Lidl and Mercadona due to the presence of “foreign bodies”, specifically pieces of sticks. The AESAN recommends that people who have at home the products contained in this warning “not to consume them and to return them to the point of sale”.
Specifically, the affected products are Gelatelli 7×75 Eclipse from Lidl, Espiral 7×75 from Hacendado and Chupy Fresh from Aldi. The batches and shelf lives of the affected ice cream flavors range from April 30, 2024 to July 20, 2024 for Hacendado products, from April 31, 2024 to July 30, 2024 for Lidl and from May 31, 2024 to July 31, 2024 for Aldi. You can check all affected games at this link.
Aldi has reported the withdrawal of all Chupy Fresh ice creams in its two flavors (Strawberry and Lemon, and Cola, Strawberry and Vanilla) due to possible stick pieces. And it has provided a phone number (900 902 466) and an email address (email@example.com) to consumers who own any of the affected products.
From Lidl, they report on their website that the manufacturer Lacrem has asked that some batches of Gelatelli Eclipse not be consumed, as they may also contain stick pieces. “If you bought the product in our supermarkets, you can return it to any Lidl branch, where you will be refunded the purchase price, even without presenting the proof of purchase,” they assure from Lidl, who also points out that no other product from Lidl Spain of the Gelatelli brand is sold, nor is the manufacturer Lacrem affected by this warning.
Speaking in the same vein, Mercadona also explains that on July 29, the supplier Lacrem informed him that he had voluntarily withdrawn the Espiral de Hacendado ice cream because of the possible presence of visible pieces of the stick. Mercadona withdrew all batches of this product from its supermarkets that same day. If the customer owns the above product and wants to return it, the amount will be refunded according to their policy at the nearest store.
The Ministry of Consumer Affairs has sent this information to the Autonomous Communities via the Coordinated Rapid Information Exchange System (SCIRI) in order to verify the withdrawal of the affected products from the distribution channels.
It is the second ice cream-related food alert to appear in Spain this week. On Monday, Aesan announced the withdrawal of batches of Häagen-Dazs-branded vanilla ice cream from France from Spanish distribution channels, which ban the presence of 2-chloroethanol, a substance linked to ethylene oxide, in food in the European Union is.