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CAFIA warns against instant cocoa with undeclared allergen

09/27/2016
 

The Czech Agriculture and Food Inspection Authority (CAFIA) ordered company Penny Market s.r.o. and Lidl Česká republika v.o.s. to immediately withdraw instant cocoa beverages that pose risk to people suffering from allergy to milk protein. Following lots were concerned:

PENNY CHO Quick, Instant cocoa beverage 10 vitamins + calcium, lot: L30756F, best before date by: 09.2017, country of origin: Poland. The producer indicated on the labelling that the mixture may contain traces of milk. Maximum admissible level for “milk traces” is 25 milligrams per kilogram (mg/kg). However, laboratory analysis proved 2,478 mg/kg, which is 100 times higher. The foodstuff in question was sampled in Penny Market s.r.o.

JOHNY CACAO INSTANT DRINK VITAMINS + CALCIUM, lot: L22955C, best before date by:  04.2017, country of origin was not specified. The producer indicated on the labelling that the mixture may contain traces of milk. Maximum admissible level for “milk traces” is 25 milligrams per kilogram (mg/kg). However, laboratory analysis proved 454 mg/kg. The foodstuff in question was sampled in Lidl Česká republika v.o.s.

With regard to the detected amounts of undeclared allergens and to the fact that unintentional consumption by a person suffering from an allergy or intolerance to milk protein may cause serious health complications, CAFIA ordered the sellers to immediately withdraw the products from sale. CAFIA will initiate an administrative procedure on imposition of a fine with the inspected persons.

 

Article by: Pavel Kopřiva, CAFIA Spokesperson, phone: +420 542 426 633