Updated 18 May 2017

Woolworths recalls ice cream products due to allergy

Woolworths is recalling a number of their ice cream products that were mistakenly packaged without peanut allergy warnings and could be deadly for allergy sufferers.


Woolworths is recalling 12 of their ice-cream and sorbet products that could have potentially been produced in packaging with inconsistent peanut allergen labelling.

"As an absolute precaution, Woolworths has taken a decision to rather remove all these products from their store shelves to avoid potentially putting peanut allergic customers at risk," it said in a statement on Tuesday.

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Woolworths said it is committed to providing customers with sufficient and accurate product information to make informed product choices. Their product labelling includes an indication to customers that products could potentially contain food allergens, not as ingredients, but due to unavoidable cross-contact during production. 

The labelling 'product made in a factory which uses peanuts' provides potentially allergic customers with guidance to make informed buying decisions. This labelling has been omitted from some of these products in error, Woolworths said.

The 12 product lines affected are:

6001009028259                 Extremely Creamy Madagascan Vanilla Dairy Ice Cream

6001009028167                 32 Italian kisses

6009178835104                 Extremely Creamy Pistachio Dairy Ice Cream

6009000541869                 Extremely Creamy Belgian Chocolate Dairy Ice Cream

6008000623667                 Slimmers Choice Fruit Sorbet Mini Lollies

6009000434499                 6 mini almond solos

6009000434482                 6 mini vanilla solos

6001009028297                 Mixed Berry Sorbet

6009175129008                 Granadilla Sorbet

6001009028280                 Mango Sorbet

6009182728621                 Hazelnut Dairy Ice Cream

6009178835012                 Lemon sorbet

Woolworths said no other ice-creams or other products are affected.

"Customers should please check if they have any of these products without the peanut allergen labelling and return the products to our stores for a full refund."

Customers can contact the customer care line 0860 022 002 for further information.

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