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Ikea recalls chocolate bars over allergy concerns

SINGAPORE — Swedish furniture giant Ikea issued a recall of two lines of chocolate bars on Monday (June 27) over concerns that its labelling was not sufficient for consumers allergic to milk and hazelnut.

Ikea recalls chocolate bars over allergy concerns

Ikea has issued a worldwide recall for two Chokland chocolate bars. Photo: Ikea Singapore

SINGAPORE — Swedish furniture giant Ikea issued a recall of two lines of chocolate bars on Monday (June 27) over concerns that its labelling was not sufficient for consumers allergic to milk and hazelnut.

An incident in Japan involving a nine-year-old child, who was allergic to milk, triggered the recall. However, a spokeswoman for Ikea Singapore said the child "is doing well again" and that no incidents have been reported in Singapore.

The worldwide recall covers dark chocolate Choklad Mork 60% and 70%, whose labels currently do not declare the presence of milk and hazelnut in the ingredients. However, traces of milk and hazelnut can be found because of cross-contamination in the production facility, said the Ikea spokesperson.

"Choklad Mork 60% and 70% do not contain milk or hazelnuts in the recipe," she said. "However, the declaration of milk and hazelnut presence due to cross contamination is not as clear as we would want it to be."

According to the spokesperson the chocolate bars have been sold in all Ikea markets. "A recall in Japan started already on June 14, as presence of milk declaration was weak on the product in this market," the spokesperson added. "The products were also sales stopped in all markets during an internal investigation."

This was why, as safety precaution, the Choklad Mork 60%, 100g dark chocolate bar, and Choklad Mork 70%, 100g chocolate bar, were recalled globally.

Ikea Singapore also said in a statement that the chocolate bars are safe to eat for anyone not allergic to milk or hazelnuts. “All affected products have been removed from the shelves,” it said.

The furniture store said it would give a full refund for the Choklad products with all “best before dates”.

This is Ikea's second recall in a week. Last Thursday, the company issued a global recall for the Patrull, Patrull Fast or Patrull Klamma safety gate because of a malfunction that caused some children to fall down the stairs. None of the incidents happened in Singapore.

 

 

 

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