Cadbury salmonella scare probed28th June 2006
An investigation is under way after Cadbury withdrew a million chocolate bars which may have been contaminated with a rare strain of salmonella.
The company says the recall - while the Food Standards Agency and the Health Protection Agency investigate - is precautionary and that the risk is low.
But a bacteriologist says there is no safe level for salmonella in chocolate.
The possible contamination has been traced to a leaking pipe at a Cadbury's plant in Herefordshire in January. Samples were sent to an independent laboratory after the leak was discovered at the Marlbrook plant, and the montevideo strain of salmonella was identified.
Government watchdog the Health Protection Agency (HPA) confirmed the strain and, a week ago, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) was alerted.
On Monday, Cadbury officially informed the FSA of the possible contamination of the seven products.
The 250g Dairy Milk Turkish, Dairy Milk Caramel and Dairy Milk Mint bars, the Dairy Milk 8 chunk and the 1kg Dairy Milk bar are among products affected. The 105g Dairy Milk Buttons Easter Egg and the Freddo bar were also affected.
Salmonella is a common cause of food poisoning but the montevideo strain is very rare. There have been 45 cases in the UK in the last four months, compared with just 12 in the same period last year.
Cadbury said people who had eaten one of the affected bars should not be worried about the risks but could contact the company for a refund.
The free helpline number for Cadbury is 0800 818181.
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