South Australian confectionary company Haigh’s has issued a recall after chocolates containing hazelnuts were incorrectly packaged under another label.
- Haigh’s chocolate hazelnuts were packaged as milk chocolate maltichocs
- Authorities are working with Haigh’s to remove the batch from shelves
- Customers can return the affected products for a full refund
SA Health said the chocolate hazelnuts were released and sold as milk chocolate maltichocs made specifically for Father’s Day.
It said checks revealed “undeclared hazelnuts” inside the product, which has been recalled.
Acting director of the department’s food and controlled drugs branch, Joanne Cammans, said “unmarked nut allergens” could cause harm.
“Ingesting nut products can potentially cause a dangerous reaction for people who are allergic,” Ms Cammans said.
“Symptoms of anaphylaxis can include a runny nose or a skin rash similar to an allergic reaction or can develop into more serious signs such as coughing, wheezing, and pain, itching or tightness in the chest.
“As a precaution, we are asking people not to consume this product and to return it for a full refund.”
Ms Cammans said Haigh’s was working with SA Health and Food Standards Australia-New Zealand to remove the affected products from shelves and notify consumers.
The affected product, sold in 250 gram cardboard boxes, has a best before date of January 17, 2021, and a batch code of 2107422.
No other Haigh’s products are affected by the recall.
SA Health has encouraged anyone who may have bought the affected product to check the “best before” date and return it for a full refund.
The department is urging anyone experiencing health concerns to contact their doctor.