Annabel Karmel Disney snack bars recalled

Annabel KarmelTHE CANADIAN PRESS/Aaron Vincent Elkaim

Thousands of Annabel Karmel oaty chewy bars have been removed from sale or recalled, after insect larvae that look like maggots were found in some varieties. Three customers complained of finding maggots in Annabel Karmel Apple and Blackcurrant Oaty Chewy Bars and Annabel Karmel Apple and Raspberry Oaty Chewy Bars and the company that makes them has decided to recall the whole range.

So what should you do if you have the products?

The recall

The bars feature images of Micky Mouse on the packets. They are the result of a partnership deal she signed in 2010 to produce healthy snacks featuring Mickey Mouse and Winnie the Pooh. They are made by Lightbody Ventures under licence.

The Food Standards Agency said: "Lightbody Ventures Ltd has recalled the two product varieties on a precautionary basis due to possible insect contamination. The company has issued customer notices advising anyone who has bought the affected products not to consume them but to return them to their nearest store."

If you have any of the bars, therefore, you should take them back to the shop you bought them from, where you will receive a refund. If you bought them from a supermarket, the customer services department should be able to help. If you run into any difficulties you can call Lightbody Ventures' Customer Service Helpline on 0141 331 5286.

The empire

The company is keen to highlight that no other Annabel Karmel products have been affected.

It's a blow for Karmel, who has built an incredible empire on healthy eating for children. It all started with her book the Complete Baby and Toddler Meal Planner, produced 17 years ago. Since then she has written an average of one book a year - and now runs a book club, as well as launching baby products and ready meals.

Karmel herself appears on ITV show Annabel's Kitchen, creating healthy food for kids. And she is the proud owner of an MBE for her work in the field of child nutrition.

She has her critics. There are those who disagree with her approach, which often involves hiding vegetables in food, or dressing food up to look like something else. They argue that instead of teaching kids to eat healthily, she is encouraging them to remain picky - but in a whole different way. However, there are those with children who would never have eaten a vegetable in their early years if it wasn't for Karmel.

This latest problem is likely to be somewhat embarrassing. However, it's unlikely to derail a child nutrition empire which has found its way into every home with children in the UK.
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