Popular chocolate brand Whittaker's has issued a recall after
pieces of blue plastic were found in one of its chocolate
The recall affects 180g packets of almond gold mini slabs,
with the batch number L0944 and a best before date of April
"Having completed an immediate investigation into the product
that was returned to us, Whittaker's acted immediately to
identify and isolate the affected batch and to notify the
Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI)," marketing manager
Holly Whittaker said.
The blue plastic was identified as having come from a piece
of equipment that was damaged during production of the batch,
"We believe we have narrowed down the exact timing of when
the affected product was packed, but in line with our
steadfast commitment to food quality and safety, Whittaker's
has chosen to voluntarily recall the entire batch produced
The chocolate company, which has recently used British
celebrity chef Nigella Lawson to front its television ads,
said it had reviewed its production processes and
"implemented some immediate actions to minimise the risk of a
similar situation occurring again".
This included investigating alternative components for the
chocolate production line and implementing training to
reinforce protocols and checks around visual inspections of
production line equipment, it said.
"There have been no reports of harm, but customers should not
consume any almond gold mini slabs from this specific batch,"
Ms Whittaker said.
"We apologise unreservedly for any inconvenience or concern
this causes our valued customers."
Customers with an affected batch are advised to return the
product to their retailer for a full refund.
The Kiwi chocolate maker recently won the Most Trusted Brand
title for the third consecutive year on the annual Reader's
Digest Most Trusted Brands List and again led the
confectionery and iconic New Zealand brand categories.
* For more information contact Whittaker's on 0800 11 99 68.