More than 20 countries hit by chocolate wafer recall

By Joseph James Whitworth

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Damhert Nutrition has recalled products in Netherlands and Belgium
Damhert Nutrition has recalled products in Netherlands and Belgium

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The recall of chocolate bar products possibly contaminated with Salmonella has expanded to more than 20 countries.

The Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) confirmed the items were produced in the country.

The agency said production had been temporarily shut down with a resumption date unknown.

NVWA said it was in close contact with the company about the recall and analysis of what caused the contamination.

It added the source of Salmonella hadn’t been identified as the pathogen was found in the end product - the chocolate wafers.

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An updated RASFF portal notice extended countries affected to Belarus, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Iceland, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Norway, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Ukraine.

An earlier notification identified distribution to Australia, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.   

Bars were sold under different labels – including for supermarkets such as Tesco, Asda and IKA. There are no reports of illnesses.

NVWA posted a notice from Damhert Nutrition announcing a recall of “Taste-It” bar, the product has also been recalled in Belgium.

France announcement and Ireland recall

In France, Auchan-branded chocolate has been recalled due to possible Salmonella.

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Tesco said its recall in Uk and Ireland was a precautionary measure

Société Nutrition and Sante issued the recall which affects lot numbers 5138, 5190 and 5191 with best before dates 31-5-16, 31-7-16 and 31-7-16. The item has EAN code: 3175 681 121 324.

Consenza, Atkins, Dr Schär, Damhert Nutrition, Valeo Foods and Bakers Delight have all recalled certain products in one or more countries.

In the Netherlands, Consenza Gluten Free Crispy Chocolate Wafers and Atkins Chocolate Break have been recalled.

AFSCA (the Agence fédérale pour la sécurité de la chaîne alimentaire) in Belgium said "Taste-it", "Twin Bar" and "Chocolate Break" from "Damhert nutrition”, "Schär" and "Atkins" were affected.

In an updated announcement, the agency said "Barre chocolait" and "Crispy Choco Wafers" from brands "Gerblé" and "Consenza" have also been recalled.

The Gerblé brand includes best before date 31-5-16 and lot number 5138 and the Consenza brand affects best before 31-5-16 and lot number 5146. The agency said chocolate bars were sold in Belgium by various retailers.  

Selected Schär products were implicated in recalls in Germany, Norway and Luxembourg.

In Ireland, Tesco recalled all best before dates of ‘Free From’ 5 Belgian Chocolate Wafers 107g as a precautionary measure.  

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