Things are hard enough during the coronavirus pandemic without having to worry about whether a chocolate bar could kill you. But that’s the problem posed by the recent nationwide recall of Lindt chocolate bars. Read on to learn more about the labeling mishap that caused the recall–and the potentially life-threatening results.
A lot of Lindt Excellence 85% Cocoa chocolate bars was recalled this week due to a labeling error. The bars appeared to be dark chocolate; however, the actual bar inside was the Lindt Excellence Caramel Sea Salt chocolate.
Doesn’t sound like a huge difference, does it? Unfortunately, the caramel sea salt flavor contains both milk and soy–two common allergens that can cause serious reactions in people who are unable to ingest them.
The recalled Lindt Excellence 85% Cocoa chocolate bars are labeled with Lot Code L5539, a Best Before date of 11-30-2020, and UPC of 3746601645.
The bars were sold nationwide at grocery chains, wholesale clubs, and online retailers. You can find the Lot Code and UPC in a gray box on the back label of the bar.
FDA Warns of Potential life-Threatening Reaction
In the official recall notice, the Food and Drug Administration warns that “Consumers who have a food allergy or have any sensitivity to milk or soy should not consume the product as it could result in a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction.”
Although only small amounts of the allergen might be in the product, it is vitally important that the label reflects the actual ingredients in the package.
Lindt moved to completely stop using peanuts in all of its production facilities in 2016, although customers with tree nut allergies can’t be sure that their chocolate is 100% nut-free.
The chocolate company claims, “We have an allergen control program in place and adhere to a strict Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) system in order to reduce the risk of cross contamination.”
However, someone at the plant where this batch of Excellence chocolate was manufactured allowed improperly labeled bars to be released to the public.
What You Should Do Next
If you or anyone in your household has a sensitivity or allergy to milk and/or soy, it’s important that you dispose of the chocolate bars that have been recalled.
In order to receive a voucher for a replacement bar, you’ll need to contact Lindt’s customer service directly.
If you have any questions, please contact Lindt & Sprüngli (USA) at LindtUS-ContactUs@lindt.com anytime or at 1-877-695-4638 from 8 AM to 8 PM EST.