Target recalls Easter chocolates over allergy fears

23 March 2015 | Undeclared allergens in Easter choccies could cause severe allergic and anaphylactic reactions.

Mislabelled Easter chocolates recall

Target Australia has recalled a number of its Easter chocolate products due to mislabelling on the allergen warning, with the label stating "may contain shell fruit" instead of "tree nuts and peanuts".

A Target statement has called the chocolates a food safety hazard because "any consumers who have a tree nut or peanut allergy or intolerance may have a reaction if these products are consumed".

"Target has clearly missed the mark with the allergen labels on its Easter bunnies," said CHOICE spokesperson Tom Godfrey. "Consumers who have purchased these Easter treats and are concerned about tree nut or peanut allergies should not to go down the burrow. It's important to get these bunnies back to the place of purchase for a full refund."

These products potentially contain undeclared allergens which could cause severe allergic and anaphylactic reactions in consumers with a tree nut or peanut allergy or intolerance.

"It's mandatory for peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, sesame seeds, fish, shellfish, soy, wheat, royal jelly and sulphites (more than 10mg/kg) to be listed as allergens on food packaging if they are included as an ingredient," explained  Godfrey.

"Obviously manufacturers should accurately label food products and CHOICE believes allergen labels should be clear and unambiguous."

The NSW Food Authority advises that consumers with tree nut or peanut allergies should not consume these products.

The recalled products have been available nationally at Target stores:

  • Target Milk Chocolate Bunny 900g, 500g, 200g, 100g
  • Target Dark Chocolate Bunny 100g
  • Target White Chocolate Bunny 500g, 100g
  • Target Milk Chocolate Duck 250g
  • Klett Easter Cone Mixed Bag of Chocolates 400g
  • Klett Milk Chocolate Sitting Bunny 150g

For further information please contact: Target Australia's Customer Experience Centre on 1300 753 567.

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