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Aldi chocolate recalled in salmonella scare

Choceur Treasures Image copyright Aldi
Image caption The store has recalled 200g (7oz) packs of Choceur Treasures

Supermarket Aldi has issued a product recall after salmonella was found in a batch of chocolate.

The store has recalled 200g (7oz) packs of Choceur Treasures with a best before date of 1 September 2015.

The shop said the batch was sold in the Midlands region only, in towns and cities including Birmingham, Worcester, Leicester, Derby, Nottingham, Wolverhampton, Coventry and Grantham.

Aldi described the recall as "an isolated incident".

A spokesperson advised shoppers who bought the product to return it to their nearest store for a full refund.

The item, part of the firm's Choceur continental chocolate range, is described as whole hazelnut wrapped in wafer and milk chocolate.

Salmonella: How is it caught?

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  • Salmonella is usually caught from contaminated food. It can affect meat, eggs, poultry and milk
  • It is impossible to tell whether food is affected from its appearance. It will look, smell and taste normal
  • Symptoms, which include diarrhoea, stomach cramps and sometimes vomiting and fever, can take from 12 to 72 hours to develop
  • Young children, the elderly and people who have weak immune systems are at greatest risk
  • In most cases people recover without treatment but dehydration as a result can leave patients requiring hospital treatment

Source: NHS UK

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) published a list of 99 stores affected, and warned people not to eat the product.

It said no other Aldi products were known to be affected.

The firm has displayed product recall notices in relevant stores, explaining to customers why it has recalled the item and advising them how to claim a refund, the FSA said.

An Aldi spokesperson said only stores in the Midlands were affected and the safety of its shoppers was its "number one priority".

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