Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

November 24, 2006 21:50 ET

Allergy Alert/CFIA-Undeclared Almond in Schär Brand Snack-Gluten Free Chocolate Wafers with Hazelnuts

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 24, 2006) - Audio clips available at www.inspection.gc.ca/english/direct/media/.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning people with allergies to almond protein not to consume the Schar brand Snack - gluten free chocolate wafers with hazelnuts described below. The affected product may contain almond protein which is not declared on the label.

The Schar brand Snack - gluten free chocolate wafers with hazelnuts, a product of Italy, is sold in a 105 g package bearing UPC 8 008698 005286 on the back panel. On some packages, the UPC on the back panel may be covered up with a sticker. These packages have a white sticker on the front panel which bears a different UPC 8 00869 80528 6. Both the UPC are affected. The package contains three individually wrapped 35 g Snack bars. Only the Best before date 21 06 07, lot code L161721 is affected by this alert. This product has been distributed nationally.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

Consumption of this product may cause a serious or life-threatening reaction in persons with allergies to almond protein.

The importer is voluntarily recalling the affected product from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

For more information, consumers and industry can call the CFIA at 1-800-442-2342 / TTY 1-800-465-7735 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday to Friday).

For information on tree nuts (almonds), one of the nine most common food allergens, visit the Food Allergens web page at www.inspection.gc.ca/english/fssa/labeti/allerg/allerge.shtml.

For information on receiving recalls by e-mail, or for other food safety facts, visit our web site at www.inspection.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    Office of Food Safety and Recall
    Shashi Kulkarni (English)
    613-368-1622
    or
    Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    Jean-Louis Michaud (French)
    Operations Coordination - Quebec Area
    1-866-806-4115