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Waitrose recalls Belgian chocolate

Waitrose is recalling one batch of its own-brand Belgian Plain Chocolate because of a packaging error. The chocolate contains hazelnuts, which isn’t mentioned on the packaging. If you’re allergic to nuts, specifically hazelnuts, you’re advised not to eat this product. The Agency has issued an Allergy Alert.

Product details

The product being recalled is:

  • Waitrose Belgian Plain Chocolate, 200g
  • Best before: August 2012
  • Batch number: L15423C

Waitrose has recalled the affected batch, and notified the relevant allergy support organisations, which will inform their members.

Customer notices will be displayed in stores, explaining why the product is being recalled. If you have bought the product you can return it to the store for a full refund.

No other Waitrose 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 Then it might be 'withdrawn' (taken off the shelves) or 'recalled' (when customers are asked to return the product). Sometimes foods have to be withdrawn or recalled if there is a risk to consumers because the allergy labelling is missing or incorrect or if there is any other food allergy risk.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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