Cadbury recalls thousands more Easter eggsCompany issues warning over nut allergy fears

12 February 2007

Confectionery giant Cadbury has added thousands more Easter eggs to a list of products being recalled amid fears they could be dangerous for people with nut allergies.

On Saturday the chocolate giant said that selected products were produced on a line also used for items containing nuts but had not been given warning labels.

Nut allergy sufferers are at risk of illness or even death if they eat food containing nut traces.

But Cadbury has played down the risk from its eggs as ‘small’, saying that only certain product batches are affected.

The firm has now placed some additional packs on its list.

Salmonella scare

A spokesman said they were relatively ‘small’ lines, but represented thousands more eggs.

The list has also been revised so that some eggs which were being recalled in the UK and Ireland are now being recalled in Ireland only.

The company has been reluctant to put a total estimate on the number of eggs being recalled.

The announcement comes just two months after Cadbury revealed a salmonella scare, which saw it remove more than a million chocolate bars from shelves, costing the company £30 million.

It discovered the latest problem on Friday but has had difficulty pinpointing where in Britain the affected products might be on sale.

Nut allergies

Nut allergies are increasingly common among children in Britain and food labelling rules require pre-packed food to clearly indicate whether it may contain nuts.

The labels are vital because a sufferer who mistakenly eats a product containing nut traces can suffer a potentially fatal allergic reaction.

The immune system responds, believing the food to be harmful, and in extreme cases people can experience anaphylaxis - a sudden, severe, systemic, allergic reaction.

You can view the full list of recalled eggs on the Cadbury website.

Customers can also ring the helpline on 0800 818181 and should return the affected products to  Cadbury Recall, Freepost MID 20061, Birmingham B30 2QZ for a full refund.