A major chocolate company has recalled a chocolate bar over fears of "undeclared almonds" in the recipe.

Worcestershire Trading Standards today shared that Montezuma's have recalled its Hot Pickle (Chilli & Lime) Milk Chocolate Bars due to a "packaging error".

The brand is sold by retailers such as Ocado, Amazon, John Lewis, Holland and Barrett and across major supermarkets. 

All 90g chocolate bars with a best before date of June 24 2022 have been recalled.

The Food Standards Agency said: "As a result of a packaging error, some packs may contain almonds as an ingredient.

"This means the product is a possible health risk for anyone with an allergy to almonds (nuts)."

According to the NHS, ingesting nuts with a food allergy can cause:

  • an itchy sensation inside the mouth, throat or ears
  • a raised itchy red rash (urticaria, or "hives")
  • swelling of the face, around the eyes, lips, tongue and roof of the mouth (angioedema)
  • vomiting
  • breathing difficulties
  • trouble swallowing or speaking
  • feeling dizzy or faint

Although allergic reactions are often mild, they can be very serious.

Customers have been advised to contact the relevant allergy support organisations, which will tell their members about the recall.

The company has also issued a point-of-sale notice to its customers which will be displayed in supermarkets.

These notices explain to customers why the product is being recalled and informs them what to do if they purchased the product. 

Montezuma's was founded in 2000 and are based in Chichester, West Sussex.