St Helen’s Farm Goats Butter is recalled over fears it could contain shards of METAL as Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Ocado and Tesco pull £2.40 packs from shelves

  • The metal fragments found in the goat’s milk butter packs from St Helen’s Farm York included in the packaging
  • Affected are all packs that have a best before date of up to 13 March 2022.
  • St Helen’s Farm claimed that the contamination resulted from a failure of a machine 
  • Four supermarkets sell butter: Waitrose, Tesco and Sainsbury’s. 

After shards made of jagged steel were discovered in butter packs sold by Tesco and large supermarkets, a national safety alert was issued. 

The 250g packs of butter, made from goat cream by St Helen’s Farm in York, are sold at Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Ocado and Tesco for £2.40.

Watchdog Government’s Food Standards Agency stated that St Helen’s Farm had recalled St Helen’s Farm Goats butter due to possible metal contamination.

“The potential presence of metal renders this product unfit for consumption.”

This recall notice applies to products with an expiration date after 13 March 2022.

A batch of St Helen's Farm Goats Butter has been recalled after shards of metal were found in the product

Waitrose is one of four major supermarket chains stocking the brand of butter

St Helen’s Farm Goats Butter may contain metal shards, if it has a better before date than 13 March 2022. The Food Standards Agency could issue a recall notice.

The recall notice went out on December 20, 2021. 

MailOnline received a report from St Helen’s Farm stating that the problem had been caused by a machine failure.

They said not every pack within the recall date range would have been affected, but that they had notified the Food Standards Agency out of an abundance of caution.

St Helen’s Farm spokesperson said that there is no risk of contamination. “But, you’ll see any metal pieces if they’re present.

St Helen’s production has been resumed, and it is now being sold as usual in supermarkets.

Sainsbury's sells St Helen's Farm Goats Butter for £2.40

Tesco and three other supermarket chains are displaying 'point of sale notices', warning customers about the potentially metal-laced butter

Sainsbury’s, Tesco and other major supermarkets are now displaying “point of sale notices” to inform customers about their rights to a refund as well as warning them about the dangers of 250g of goat’s milk butter that was sold in their stores this month.

Large supermarket chains are selling this product and have posted ‘points of sale notices’. These notify customers that the products were recalled. They also tell them how to proceed if they buy the product.

According to the Food Standards Agency, this notice states: “Our advice for consumers is that if you’ve purchased any of these products, do not consume them.” 

Return it instead to the place where you bought it for a complete refund. For more information contact St Helen’s Farm on 01430 861715 or or visit’ 

In December 2021, the Food Standards Agency released eight recall notices, including for Marks & Spencer ‘gluten-free’ White Sourdough Cob – which despite its labelling contained gluten – and for Walkers Mince Pie Flavour Crisps that contained undeclared milk.