GERMANY – Dairy company Müller has recalled six Cadbury-branded desserts including Flake and Crunchie chocolate desserts over fears they could be contaminated with Listeria.

The company announced that it was, out of an abundance of caution, recalling various batches in the UK and Ireland that all had a use-by date of either May 17 or May 18.

Cadbury Daim chocolate dessert 75g (use by 18 May); Cadbury Crunchie chocolate dessert 75g (use by 17 May); Cadbury Flake chocolate dessert 75g (use by 17 May); Cadbury Dairy Milk Buttons chocolate dessert 75g (use by 18 May); Cadbury Dairy Milk Chunks chocolate dessert 75g (use by 18 May); and Cadbury Heroes chocolate dessert six x 75g (use by 18 May) are among the products that are affected.

Müller, who manufactures the desserts under license from Cadbury, has also posted the recall notice at locations where the impacted items are sold.

“Müller produces these products under licence from Mondelez International and has stressed that this does not impact any other products it produces in the UK or other markets. This is an isolated incident, and an extensive investigation is being carried out,” the company said in a statement.

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) informed consumers that Müller was recalling the products “because of the possible presence of Listeria monocytogenes” in a food alert.

According to the FSA, listeriosis symptoms are typically mild and comparable to flu symptoms. They may include a fever, aches, and pains in the muscles, chills, feeling or being nauseated, and diarrhea.

However, some individuals are more susceptible to Listeria infections, such as those over the age of 65, pregnant women and their unborn children, infants younger than one month old, and those with compromised immune systems.

Serious side effects, including meningitis, can occur in extremely rare situations of severe illness.

The company is requesting consumers return the products to the shop where they were originally purchased rather than eating them for a full refund.

The dairy giant was last forced to recall yoghurts sold in supermarkets back in 2020 citing metal contamination.

A few goat cheeses, Baronet semi-soft cheeses, and ready-to-eat smoked fish products have also been recalled in the UK in the last year due to listeria contamination concerns.

Three people died in the UK as a result of a Listeria outbreak linked to fish. Dole packaged salad manufactured by Dole Food Company was also implicated in a multistate outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections.

As per the FDA, the outbreak ended in April having led to the hospitalization of sixteen people and the death of three others.

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