Nestlé has announced a voluntary withdrawal from the US market of Nestlé Farinha Lactea cereal, made in Brazil, after the state of Connecticut reported finding traces of the pesticide pirimiphos-methyl in a sample of the cereal. The Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection investigated the product after an inspector noticed the absence of English labeling.
Pirimiphos-methyl is a grain fumigant that is used in some countries, but is not permitted for use on wheat in the United States.
The cereal is sold mainly in Portuguese language communities in the United States. Certain Price Chopper store locations in Massachusetts and Connecticut stocked the recalled item, which bears UPC number 789100025260:
- Store 148 (221-223 Park Ave., Worcester, MA)
- Store 162 (240 East Main Street, Marlborough, MA)
- Store 179 (50 Cambridge Street, Worcester, MA)
- Store 203 (410 Queen Street, Southington, CT)
- Store 205 (35 Talcottville Road, Tri City Shopping, Vernon, CT)
All production codes, dates and package sizes of Nestlé Farinha Lactea have been withdrawn as a precaution. Consumers who purchased the product are asked to return it to the store for a refund.