A leading babyfood supplier has warned it will take several months to find a new closure for jars caught up in a cancer scare.

As reported in The Grocer last week (p6), the European Food Safety Authority warned seals on jars contained cancer-causing toxin semicarbazide.

Sally Griffiths, head of food quality and regulation at Cow & Gate manufacturer Nutricia, has warned a breakthrough could be months away.

“We are trialling a new cap.If everything goes well, we hope to have a replacement within four months but it could be longer than that.”

Retailers indicated that sales of babyfood had not been affected by the health warning.