Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Co-op under criminal investigation as more batteries found in products

The Co-op will now be subject to a criminal investigation following the discovery of a battery inside a chocolate Easter bunny.

Products were immediately recalled from 2800 Co-op stores and the retailer has issued a call to the 3000 customers who bought one to return them.

The National Crime Agency and Nottinghamshire Police are conducting an investigation into “alleged product tampering”.

This comes just weeks after Co-op had to recall chocolate Santas after customers discovered batteries inside two of them under similar circumstances.

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“The health and safety of our customers is uppermost in our minds,” the Co-op stated.  

“We are concerned about one incident of alleged product tampering involving our hollow milk chocolate Easter bunny foil figure, which has been found to contain a small battery inside.

“This follows an incident at Christmas when two similar products were targeted and contaminated. As a precaution, we have begun a UK-wide product recall and have withdrawn the product from sale.

“Customers with one of these products should not eat it, but take the product back to store for a full refund.”

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