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Co-op recalls own-brand Fairtrade chocolate

Co-op has recalled two batches of Truly Irresistible Fairtrade Peruvian Dark Chocolate with Dried Sweetened Cranberries because of incorrect allergy information. The affected products contain milk chocolate instead of dark chocolate. If you’re allergic to or intolerant of milk, don’t eat this product. The Agency has issued an Allergy Alert.

Product details

The product being withdrawn is:

  • Co-operative Truly Irresistible Fairtrade Peruvian Dark Chocolate with Dried Sweetened Cranberries
  • Best before dates: 1 February 2013 and 2 February 2013

The Co-operative has removed the affected products from sale. It will contact the relevant allergy support organisations, which will explain to their members the reason for the withdrawal. Customer notices will be displayed in stores, explaining why the product is being recalled. If you’ve bought the product, do not eat it. You can contact the Co-operative customer relations department on Freephone 0800 0686 727 (free to call from a UK landline) to arrange for a full refund.

No other Co-operative products are known to be affected.

About 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 Then it might be 'withdrawn' (taken off the shelves) or 'recalled' (when customers are asked to return the product). Sometimes foods have to be withdrawn or recalled if there is a risk to consumers because the allergy labelling is missing or incorrect or if there is any other food allergy risk.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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