Customers who are allergic to almonds or hazelnuts, take note: Ikea has announced a recall of six of its chocolate products this week.
The Swedish homegoods store has already announced the same move in Canada and the UK, after complaints that it didn’t properly warn customers the products contained nuts.
Free product Recall for 6 kinds of chocolate with almond, nuts and hazelnuts from Ikea store. #Qatar pic.twitter.com/vSXFMnqtUE
— وزارة التجارة والصناعة (@MOCIQatar) July 30, 2016
On Twitter, the Ministry of Economy and Commerce (MEC) said the recalled products in Qatar include:
- Choklad Lingon & Bladar 180g (chocolate with lingon/blueberry flavor);
- Choklad Ljus Utz 100g (milk chocolate bar);
- Choklad Not Utz 100g (milk chocolate bar with hazelnut);
- Godis Chokladkrokant 450g (milk chocolate with butterscotch);
- Godis Chokladran 168g (chocolate filled wafers); and
- Chokladkrokant Bredbar 400g (chocolate butterscotch spread).
Not enough warning
Earlier this week, Ikea also recalled dark chocolate bars Choklad Mork 60% and Choklad Mork 70% in other countries because the label did not point out that the products may contain milk and hazelnuts.
In a statement, the company said:
“The presence of hazelnut and almond has been frequently and not only occasionally detected, which underlines that these chocolate products are not suitable for consumption by those who are allergic or sensitive to these allergens.
The product information does not state this frequent presence clearly enough as the product labels only state “may contain”. Therefore IKEA is recalling these products globally. The products are safe for anyone not allergic or sensitive to almond and/or hazelnut.”
It also apologized for any inconvenience.
Those who wish to return the products in Qatar do not need a receipt, and can receive a full refund.
Are you affected by the recall? Thoughts?