Undeclared milk ingredient found in Disney brand chocolate chip cookies

Issue Date 7.4.2016
Source of Information

Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) of the European Commission

Food Product

Chocolate chip cookies

Product Name and Description

Product name: Disney Chocolate Chip Cookies
Place of origin: Denmark
Manufacturer: Jacobsens Bakery Ltd
Net weight: 150 grams per tin
Consignment: All products with barcodes 57 76879 01205 9, 57 76879 01096 3, 57 76879 01372 8 and 57 76879 01373 5

Reason For Issuing Alert

The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) today (April 7) has received a notification from RASFF of the European Commission that several kinds of Disney brand tinned chocolate chip cookies produced by a manufacturer in Denmark, namely Jacobsens Bakery Ltd, were found to contain undeclared milk ingredient.

People who are allergic to milk may have immunologic response like vomiting, diarrhoea and rash upon consumption of food containing this allergen. In severe cases, anaphylactic shock may even develop. As for other members of the public, generally speaking, they would not be subject to such reactions when the food in question is consumed.

Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety

According to the information provided by the RASFF, a small quantity of the products may have been imported into Hong Kong. The CFS is contacting the Hong Kong importer concerned as notified by the RASFF to trace the distribution of the affected products. The CFS has also contacted the Hong Kong office of the brand and confirmed that its authorized vendors have not imported the affected products. For the sake of prudence, the CFS is conducting sales checks at local outlets. Initial investigation found that no affected products have been imported or sold in Hong Kong.

CFS will alert the trade to the incident and will continue to follow up and take appropriate action. Investigation is ongoing.

Advice to the Trade

The trade should stop selling the products immediately.

Advice to Consumers

Consumers who were allergic to milk should stop consuming the concerned products. People should seek medical treatment if they feel unwell after consuming.

Further Information

The CFS press release

Centre for Food Safety
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department