Marks & Spencer has recalled M&S 180g Belgian Dark Chocolate Bar because a small number of bars have been found to contain milk that is not declared on the label. The presence of milk in the product poses a health risk to anyone with an allergy to milk or an intolerance of milk constituents.
The affected product has the Barcode 29087570, is in a 180g pack, and is marked Best Before 9 November 2023.
Marks & Spencer has contacted the relevant allergy support organisations which will inform their members of the recall. The company has also issued a recall notice to customers.
Anyone with an allergy to milk or lactose intolerance should not consume this product. The product should be returned to the nearest M&S store where a full refund will be given. No proof of purchase is required.
Only the 9th November date code is affected. No other M&S product is affected by this recall. If you require any further information, contact Marks & Spencer on 03330148555.
Lactose intolerance is the inability to digest lactose, the sugar that is found in milk and dairy products. Lactose intolerance is caused by a shortage of lactase in the body. Lactase is an enzyme produced by the small intestine. For most people, lactose intolerance develops over time as the body produces less lactase. Lactose intolerance is most likely to be age related and occurs mostly with advancing age.
While lactose intolerance is not dangerous, its symptoms can be distressing. The signs and symptoms of lactose intolerance usually begin from 30 minutes to two hours after eating or drinking foods that contain lactose.
The symptoms are:
- Nausea, sometimes vomiting
- Stomach cramps
None of these present a serious health risk and symptoms will usually disappear within an hour.
If you have an allergy to milk, or are generally lactose intolerant, and you experience any symptoms after consuming the M&S Belgian Dark Chocolate bar you should seek professional medical advice from a doctor.