Chocolates recalled after plastic contamination

By Gwen Ridler

- Last updated on GMT

Montezuma's has recalled chocolates over fears of plastic contamination
Montezuma's has recalled chocolates over fears of plastic contamination
Plastic contamination has sparked the recall of chocolate truffles manufactured by Montezuma’s Chocolates.

Packs of the confectionery firm’s Great British Puddings Truffle Collection were recalled, after small pieces of plastic were found in the product’s lemon meringue truffle.

Montezuma’s claimed the recall was the first for the company in its 18-year history.

A spokesman for company added: “The recall was agreed with the Food Standards Agency​ [FSA] as a precaution after one truffle was found to have a tiny foreign fragment thought to originate from a depositing mould.

“As part of the investigation, all processes related to the production of this product were reviewed to ensure record-keeping for mould checks remains at the highest standard.”

Full refund

The recall applied to all sizes of the truffle collection with a use-by date of 19 October 2018. The FSA advised consumers that might have bought the products to not eat them and instead return them to the store they were purchased from to receive a full refund.

Contamination by foreign objects, commonly from faulty pieces of machinery in the production process, have sparked a number of recalls over the past year.

In July, Tereos UK was forced to recall packs of its granulated sugar, due to the possible presence of small pieces of metal.

Meanwhile, in May, rubber and plastic contamination forced the recall of yogurt and chicken products,​ as a number of products were returned to stores for containing undeclared allergens.

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