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Cadbury Chocolate Egg Recall in Canada

by Brett M. Christensen

Messages warn that some Cadbury chocolate eggs produced and distributed in Canada have been recalled because they may contain hard pieces of plastic


OTTAWA – Consumers are being warned not to consume some Cadbury chocolate eggs after pieces of hard plastic were discovered in the product, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said Thursday.The agency said one injury has already been reported and the product has been recalled from store shelves nationwide. The warning applies to 39 g Cadbury Caramilk, Caramilk Maple and Caramilk Cafe Chocolate Eggs. The chocolate eggs are sold individually wrapped in a foil in singles, as well as in multipacks containing three, six or twelve eggs – with or without other flavours.

Detailed Analysis:
In early March 2006, warning messages about a recall of certain Cadbury chocolate products in Canada began circulating via email and online outlets. The messages warn that some Cadbury chocolate eggs produced and distributed in Canada may contain pieces of hard plastic that could cause injury to consumers.

The information in the warnings is true. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) issued the following alert on March 1st, 2006.



OTTAWA, March 1, 2006 – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Cadbury Adams Canada Inc., are warning the public not to consume 39 g Cadbury Caramilk, Caramilk Maple and Caramilk Café chocolate eggs described below because these may contain pieces of hard plastic.

The following Cadbury chocolate eggs are affected by this alert:


Chocolate Egg
Caramilk 39 g 0 615712 4
Caramilk Maple 39 g 0 615882 2
Caramilk Café 39 g 0 615892 9
3 Eggs Caramilk 3 x 39 g 0 61200 05431 6
6 Eggs Multi pack 6 x 39 g 0 61200 00581 3
12 Eggs Multi pack 12 x 39 g 0 61200 21134 4

These products are individually wrapped in a foil. These eggs are sold in singles as well as in multi packs containing three, six or twelve eggs with or without other flavours. Only the Caramilk chocolate eggs described above are affected. These chocolate eggs have been distributed nationally.

Consumption of these products may result in an injury. There has been one reported injury associated with the consumption of these products.

The manufacturer, Cadbury Adams Canada Inc., Toronto, Ontario is voluntarily recalling the affected products from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

For more information, consumers and industry can call one of the following numbers:
Cadbury Adams Consumer Relations Line 1 866 782-3267 (9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday to Friday).

CFIA at 1 800 442-2342 / TTY 1 800 465-7735 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday to Friday).


According to a Press Release issued by Cadbury Adams Canada:

We are voluntarily recalling our 39g Caramilk eggs for the possible presence of small pieces of plastic from the molds used to make them. These eggs are available in three flavours: 39g Caramilk egg, 39g Caramilk Maple egg, and 39g Caramilk Café egg.

Consumer safety and trust in our company are of top importance. The overwhelming majority of eggs are fine, and the odds of a consumer finding any foreign material is very slim. We are voluntarily recalling the eggs because of the possibility.

This recall ONLY applies to the three flavours of 39 gram Caramilk eggs. No other products in our Easter portfolio, including Cadbury Crème Eggs, are affected by this recall.

We have identified the source of this potential issue, and it has been rectified. This potential issue is specific to one piece of equipment, on one production line, and involves only the 39g Caramilk eggs.


There has been one reported injury to a consumer whose mouth was cut by a shard of plastic.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency Alert
Cadbury Adams Press Release
TheStar.com: Cadbury recalls chocolate Easter eggs

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