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Ben and Jerry's recall batch of non-dairy ice cream over undeclared allergens

The i logo The i 03/04/2019 Florence Snead

a stack of flyers on a table © Provided by Johnston Publishing Ltd A batch of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream has been recalled after an investigation found it contained undeclared allergens.

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) said Unilever was recalling affected ‘Chunky Monkey’ non-dairy ice creams because they contained almonds, walnuts and soya not mentioned on the label.

The regulator said that as a result the product was a “possible health risk” for anyone with an allergy to either nuts and/or soya.

Possible health risk

In a statement published through the FSA, Unilever said the problem had been caused by an artwork error meaning a specific batch did not feature any detailed nutritional or allergen information.

It said that while almonds and walnuts were listed on both the lid and tub, the lack of a nutritional panel on the back of the packet meant soya was not labelled anywhere.

The only affected products are 100ml cartons with ‘L8338’ printed on the bottom and a best before end date of 06/2020.

.@Unilever recalls Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Monkey Non-Dairy Ice Cream due to undeclared nuts and soya .@benandjerrysUK #FoodAllergy

— FoodStandardsAgency (@foodgov) April 3, 2019

“The quality and safety of our products is always our top priority, and as a precautionary measure we are now recalling this stock from sale,” the company wrote.

“This means that all of this batch needs to be removed from sale to consumers immediately.

Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, co-founders of the Ben & Jerry's ice cream company © Getty Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, co-founders of the Ben & Jerry's ice cream company “If you have bought the above product and have an allergy to nuts and/or soya, do not eat it. Instead, return it to the store from where it was bought for a full refund.”

Allergy support groups

Unilever said the artwork error applied to the named batch only and “does not affect the quality or safety of this product”.

“A thorough investigation is under way to ensure this does not happen again,” they added.

The FSA said it had also advised Unilever to contact the relevant allergy support organisations, which would alert their members to the recall.

No other Unilever products are thought to be affected.

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