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Coffee recall in Germany: a dangerous and counterfeit product

Coffee recall in Germany: a dangerous and counterfeit product

There is another food recall in Germany. The reason for this is more than just a shock and puzzle even the manufacturer.

Germany – If a product is recalled in Germany, it is mostly due to harmful ingredients or a manufacturing defect, but not because it is being traded as a counterfeit. But that’s exactly what happened to instant coffee.

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Coffee recall in Germany: fake coffee currently in circulation – where does the product come from?

Nestlé is currently warning customers against counterfeiting ‘Nescafe Gold’ branded soluble coffee. The product is contained in a container that looks like an old version of Nescafe Gold.

It was not commercially available in the form of an imitation product. Nestlé said in a statement on Friday (October 22):

The company stated that the product was not manufactured or sold by Nestlé. It can currently be assumed that the coffee was sold in weekly markets and convenience stores. Specific details, such as who made the coffee, are not available (more recalls and warnings from RUHR24).

Recall from Germany’s Nescafé Gold: this is how fake and original coffee can be distinguished

Nestlé has already contacted the relevant authorities asking them to investigate and stop this criminal activity.

A fake can be distinguished from the original based on the following characteristics:

  • The EAN code for the fake product is 405500210900
  • Batch number is 60820814B1 9:15 with best date before (BBD) 10-21
  • In addition, the counterfeit coffee packaging looks very different from the packaging in which Nestlé currently sells its product. Here is a picture of the fake product:
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This is what fake coffee from Nescafe Gold looks like.

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Counterfeit coffee circulating in Germany: health risks for customers

Fake coffee should not be consumed under any circumstances as there is a suspicion that the product may contain broken glass and plastic. This poses significant health risks to customers in Germany.

Glass and plastic shards can cause injuries to the mouth and digestive tract and cause internal bleeding there.

Affected customers should not exchange counterfeit coffee, but call the police

Nestlé itself was shocked by the incident: “We are shocked by the criminal activities and strongly condemn the fact that our brand has been counterfeited and illegally marketed. The company announced Friday that the quality and safety of our products is our top priority.

Customers who have purchased fake coffee and made it at home are advised to notify the police immediately.

List of evaluation lists: © Uwe Anspach / dpa, Nestlé, collage: RUHR24


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