Recall of lead-contaminated confectionary

Posted by Nicole Eckersley on 23rd March 2010

Darrell Lea and Ricci Redmond Chocolate are conducting a voluntary recall of yoghurt-coated liquorice products as a result of lead levels above the accepted Australian standard.

The products affected are:

  • Darrell Lea Yoghurt Coated Raspberry Liquorice – 185g
  • Darrell Lea Yoghurt Coated Mango Liquorice – 185g
  • Ricci Yoghurt Coated Raspberry Liquorice – 225g & 185g
  • Ricci Yoghurt Coated Mango Liquorice – 225g

All of the above products are being recalled, regardless of best-before date. No other Ricci or Darrell Lea products are affected by this recall.

According to Australian Food Standards, the lead has been identified as coming from an external third-party source. Darrell Lea were unable to comment on the identity of the third party, but stated that they were working in close cooperation with them and with regulatory bodies.

A Darrell Lea spokesperson described the quantity of lead in the products as ‘trace’, but stated that quantities may vary between and within products. Exact levels have not been revealed.

“Our consumers are our first priority and we are acting swiftly. As a result we have immediately responded to voluntarily recall all of this particular specialist yoghurt coated liquorice in the interest of consumer wellbeing and health,” said Stuart Smith, CEO. “A thorough investigation is currently underway.”

Anyone who has purchased any of the above products should not consume them. Products can be returned to the place of purchase for a full refund, or call 1300 669 405. Consumers who are concerned about their health should seek medical advice.