Friday, June 23, 2006

Notice that all but one of the recalled chocolate bars contains "dairy" in its name. The "freddo" is made with dairy milk.

Cadbury recalls over 1 mln chocolate bars
Fri Jun 23, 11:13 AM ET

LONDON (Reuters) - Cadbury Schweppes Plc said on Friday it had recalled over 1 million chocolate bars in the UK and Irish markets in a precautionary move, because they could contain minute traces of salmonella.

"There are minute traces of salmonella, which are significantly below those (levels) which scientific standards say present any hazard," a spokeswoman for the world's biggest confectionery group said.

"There's no connection between our product and anybody becoming ill from it," she added.

The company said it had identified the source of the problem and rectified it and was taking steps to ensure these products are no longer available for sale.

The precautionary recall involves seven products -- 250 gram bars of Dairy Milk Turkish, Dairy Milk Caramel and Dairy Milk Mint; Dairy Milk 8 chunk; 1 kilogram bars of Dairy Milk: Diary Milk Button Easter Eggs (105 grams); and Cadbury Freddo 10p.

"We've been making chocolate for over 100 years, and quality has always come first," UK Managing Director Simon Baldry said in a statement.

"We've taken this precautionary step because our consumers are our highest priority. We apologize for any inconvenience caused," Baldry added.

The company said the decision to recall the chocolate bars had been made in consultation with the Food Standards Agency.

Shares in Cadbury were down 0.5 percent at 519 pence at 1450 GMT.

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