Supermarkets are pulling thousands of packages of Cadbury dessert products from their shelves after a food poisoning warning.
The products are made by the dairy giant Müller and are being recalled as a precaution over fears that they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
Listeria poisoning causes the normal symptoms of food poisoning, but they pose a particular threat to pregnant women and their unborn babies, as well as those with compromised immune systems.
The products are being recalled due to fears that they may be contaminated with the listeria bacteria
The presence of food poisoning insects in ready-to-eat foods, such as desserts, poses a particular threat because there is no cooking process to kill the bacteria.
The recall affects Cadbury Crunchie Chocolate Dessert, Cadbury Flake Chocolate Dessert, Cadbury Dairy Milk Buttons Chocolate Dessert, Cadbury Dairy Milk Chunks Chocolate Dessert, Cadbury Heroes Chocolate Dessert (six pack) and Cadbury Daim Chocolate Dessert.
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) said: ‘Symptoms caused by this organism can be similar to flu and include high temperature, muscle aches or pains, chills, nausea or vomiting and diarrhoea.
“Some people are more vulnerable to listeria infections, including people over age 65, pregnant women and their unborn babies, babies under one month old, and people with weakened immune systems.”
Müller has put up outlets in stores to warn customers.
These notices explain why the products are being recalled and tell customers what to do once they have purchased the products.
The company said, “If you bought any of the above products, don’t eat them. Instead, return them to the store where they were purchased for a full refund (with or without receipt).’
For more information, please contact Müller at [email protected] or 07354 835 893.
Cadbury was prosecuted and fined £1 million for salmonella contamination of chocolate products in 2006.
The contamination led to the recall of more than a million chocolate bars and left the candy giant with an estimated £20 million bill.