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Divine Chocolate withdraws some dark chocolate

Divine Chocolate has withdrawn some of its Divine Dark Chocolate because the product contains milk, which is not an intended ingredient. Although the allergy advice on the product label mentions that the product ‘may contain traces of milk’, the amount of milk is above what might be described as 'trace levels'. The Agency has issued an Allergy Alert.

The product is a possible health risk for anyone who is allergic to or intolerant of milk. Anyone with an allergy to or intolerance of milk, not to eat this product.

Product details

The withdrawn product is:

  • Divine Dark Chocolate, 100g
  • Best before end: July 2010
  • Batch code end: L129045
  • Divine Dark Chocolate, 100g
  • Best before end: April 2011
  • Batch code: L329411

Divine Chocolate has asked retailers that sell the product to withdraw the affected chocolate from sale. Point-of-sale notices will be displayed in stores, explaining to customers why the product has been withdrawn. If you have bought the affect product you can return for a full refund.

The company will contact the relevant allergy support organisations, which will tell their members of the withdrawal.

Allergy alerts

Sometimes there will be a problem with a food product that means it should not be sold. Then it might be 'withdrawn' (taken off the shelves) or 'recalled' (when customers are asked to return the product). Sometimes foods have to be withdrawn or recalled if there is a risk to consumers because the allergy labelling is missing or incorrect or if there is any other food allergy risk.

In such situations the Agency will issue an Allergy Alert. It is also possible to subscribe to an email alert system to receive automatic messages whenever Allergy Alerts are issued. Click on 'Get alerts' in the box at the bottom of this page to find more details.

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