Cadbury Schweppes Plc said Friday it had recalled over one million chocolate bars in the U.K. 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 is 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: Dairy Milk Button Easter Eggs; and Cadbury Freddo 10p.
“We’ve been making chocolate for over 100 years, and quality has always come first,” U.K. 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.