Undeclared allergen (almond) found in prepackaged chocolate pies

Issue Date 19.3.2018
Source of Information

Canadian authorities

Food Product

Prepackaged chocolate pies

Product Name and Description

Product name: Choco Pie Banana

Brand: Lotte

Place of origin: Korea

Manufacturer: Lotte Confectionery Co. Ltd.

Importer: Four Seas Mercantile Limited

Net weight: 336 grams/11.85 ounces per box

UPC: 8 45502 06140 7

Best-before-date: June 14, 2018 and October 23, 2018

Reason For Issuing Alert
  • The Centre for Food Safety (CFS), through its Food Incident Surveillance System, noted a notice issued by the Canadian authorities that several kinds of Lotte products are under recall because they may contain an allergen, almond, which is not declared on the food label.
Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety
  • Upon learning of the incident, the CFS immediately followed up with major local importers and retailers. Preliminary investigation revealed that the above importer has imported a total of 120 cartons of the abovementioned product, which were all distributed to a chain supermarket for sale. The product concerned has been removed from shelves and is no longer on sale, and the importer has also initiated a recall according to CFS' instructions.
  • The CFS will alert the trade, continue to follow up on the incident and take appropriate action.
Advice to the Trade
  • Stop using or selling the batch of the product concerned immediately.
Advice to Consumers
  • Consumers who are allergic to almond should not consume the product concerned. People who feel unwell after consuming it should seek medical treatment.
Further Information

The CFS press release

  • Members of the public may call its hotline at 3473 0323 during office hours for enquiries about the recall.

Centre for Food Safety
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department