Kernow Chocolate, from Wadebridge, Cornwall, is recalling two of their Chocolate Bars, Eton Mess and Lemon Meringue. The ingredient albumen was highlighted - but not the egg it comes from. Albumen is the egg white, or the clear white liquid contained within an egg.
According to the Mayo clinic, eggs are one of the most common causes of allergy in children. The symptoms can occur within a few minutes to a few hours after eating eggs or foods containing eggs. The signs and symptoms can be mild or severe: skin rashes, hives, nasal congestion, vomiting and other digestive problems. Rarely, egg allergy can lead to anaphylactic shock - a severe allergic reaction that can lead to death is not treated quickly.
These allergic reactions, mild and severe, highlight the importance of declaring not just the specific allergen (in this case, albumen) but also what that allergen is derived from (in this case, egg). An individual with an allergy to eggs may or may not be aware that albumen comes from eggs. Moreover, other people serving or giving foods to those with allergies are unlikely to be aware of these details.
The exact Kernow Chocolate Bars affected are:
In Kernow Chocolate's advice to customers, they advice consumers who have bought these chocolate bars and who have an allergy or intolerance to eggs, to not eat them but instead return them to the shop they bought them from for a full refund or replacement.
To see the original recall issued by the Food Standards Agency, click here.