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Some Hershey's Chocolate Reeses Cookies withdrawn

Hershey’s Chocolate Reeses Cookies bought on or after 2 August 2009 from have been withdrawn from sale because the product may contain peanuts, which is not mentioned on the label. This means this product is a possible health risk for anyone who is allergic to peanuts.

The Agency has issued an Allergy Alert advising anyone with an allergy to peanuts to not eat this product.

Product details

The affected product is only sold online by the Ocado website:

  • Hershey’s Chocolate Reeses Cookies, 56g
  • Products purchased between 2 August 2009 and 22 October 2009

Empire Food Brokers Ltd, the UK distributor of the cookies, has withdrawn the affected product from sale. In addition, the company will be contacting the relevant allergy support organisations, which will tell their members of the withdrawal. All customers who have purchased this product from the Ocado website are being contacted to be provided with an explanation as to why the product has been withdrawn from sale, and, if they have bought this product, how they can get a refund.

No other Hershey’s products are known to be affected.

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 Then it might be 'withdrawn' (taken off the shelves) or 'recalled' (when customers are asked to return the product). Sometimes foods have to be withdrawn or recalled if there is a risk to consumers because the allergy labelling is missing or incorrect or if there is any other food allergy risk.

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