Chocolate items can trigger allergic reactions – Naturopathy & Naturopathic Treatment Portal

Increased levels of allergens in this chocolate product

The Federal Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety and Günthart & Co. KG warn against a chocolate product containing high levels of allergic substances. Consumption can trigger allergic attacks or intolerance reactions in certain groups of people. Consumption is therefore not recommended.

Chocolate decorations for cakes and other desserts are being recalled due to increased levels of allergens. (Image: romul014 / stock.adobe.com)

This is the article “Flowers, 3D Dark Chocolate” from the manufacturer Günthart & Co. KG with article number 2340, article number Global Trade (GTIN) 4009853023408, batch number 1911662 and date expiration date of December 13, 2021. Chocolate flowers are like Decorating articles for cakes, pies, desserts and similar dishes are offered.

This decorative chocolate whose expiry date is 12/13/2021 is recalled. (Image: Günthart & Co. KG)

What allergens does it contain?

As the manufacturer reports, increased levels of casein and lactose were found in random samples. These substances, which come from milk, can cause allergic attacks in people with allergies to dairy products or cause symptoms in people with corresponding intolerances. The manufacturer points out that the product indicates possible traces of milk, but the values ​​determined went beyond traces of contamination.

Where was the chocolate sold?

In which stores the item was sold is not explicitly stated. However, the manufacturer informs on the website that the products of Günthart & Co. KG are available in supermarkets such as EDEKA, REWE, famila, Kaufland, real, V-MARKT, tegut …, HIT and GLOBUS as well as at online retailers. ideen-shop.de are distributed.

The Federal Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety has also announced that the federal states of Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Brandenburg, Hesse, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia are affected by the recall.

As a precaution, the product should not be used

The manufacturer points out that the chocolate flowers of the above lot number with the corresponding expiration date should no longer be used. However, other products and expiration dates are not affected.

Where can the chocolate be returned?

According to the manufacturer, consumers who have already purchased the recalled chocolate can return it to the affected store. Credit for the purchase price will be informally issued there.

What types of complaints are there when consumed?

In people with milk allergies, intolerances or food intolerances, consumption can manifest itself in many different complaints. Depending on the severity of the underlying disease, symptoms such as swelling of the throat, tongue, or entire mouth and nose are possible. Symptoms such as stomach pain, nausea and vomiting, gas and diarrhea can also occur. In addition, breathing difficulties and skin irritation are possible. In the worst case, anaphylactic shock occurs, which can be life threatening. (v)

Author and source information

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This text conforms to the requirements of specialized medical literature, medical directives and current studies and has been verified by health professionals.

Author:

Graduate Editor (FH) Volker Blasek

Sources:

Federal Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety: Recall Blossoms, Dark Chocolate 3D (published: 01.10.2020), Lebensmittelwarnung.de

Important note:
This article is provided for informational purposes only and should not be used for self-diagnosis or self-treatment. It cannot replace a visit to the doctor.