Muesli recalled in UK

I usually begin my day about 3 a.m. (Australian time, that’s 1 p.m. EST) with a review of news, a couple of interviews, and a bowl of homemade granola (I use Alton Brown’s recipe), yogurt, and frozen berries that had been microwaved the night before and then sat in the fridge overnight to reduce the risk of hepatitis A.

doug.granolaAnd a banana.

Cow & Gate in the UK is recalling one batch of its Sunny Start My First Banana Muesli from 10 months on a precautionary basis because of complaints regarding insects found in the product. The company has advised that this product should not be consumed, in case other packs in the batch are affected.

I also like to begin my day with music while I write, and today in 1971, Pink Floyd released Meddle, a vastly underrated album but one that showed the potential of an evolving band that led to Dark Side of the Moon in 1972.

Caterpillar wriggling in NZ nut bar hard to stomach

When Atul Awasthi bit into his muesli bar during his lunch break the last thing he was expecting was a caterpillar crawling out.

The Auckland scientist was on a lunch break from an animal pharmaceuticals company in East Tamaki when the caterpillar wriggled out between the chocolate-coated nuts on his Tasti nut bar.

The New Zealand Herald reports that Mr Awasthi immediately went to the toilet to throw up. "I was horrified."

Experts say the moths, which are commonly found in household pantries, are almost impossible to avoid and are not harmful to humans.

But Mr Awasthi feels that Tasti, which apologised and sent him vouchers for two free packets of the muesli bars, were "blase", and did not take his complaint seriously enough.

Tasti, a Te Atatu-based company which produces muesli bars and cereals, said it had done everything in its power to prevent the Indian meal moth from getting into stock. Marketing director Adrian Cook said the "nasty little creature" was a known worldwide problem.

Australian woman finds bolt in muesli bar

A Canberra woman found a three-centimetre bolt in a muesli bar.

Christine Pobke said she had noticed something out of the corner of her eye as she unwrapped the muesli bar on Tuesday.

Ms Pobke, from Belconnen, said she emailed the bar’s manufacturer and included photos, but was not satisfied with the response.

"Throwing a whole lot of acronyms at me about their accreditation doesn’t make me confident about buying more of their products.”