IKEA fans with dairy and nut allergies, beware: The Swedish furniture store's and chocolate bars have been recalled worldwide due to allergy concerns. The labels on the chocolate bars do not sufficiently warn consumers of potential cross-contamination with milk and hazelnut ingredients, reports.
This news comes after an incident in Japan earlier this month. A 9-year-old with an allergy to milk triggered the recall, though a spokeswoman for IKEA Singapore says the child is "doing well again," according to TodayOnline.com.
The bars themselves do not actually contain milk or hazelnuts, but traces of these ingredients might be found in them due to cross-contamination in the production facility. So, though the bars are still safe to eat for those with no dairy or nut allergies, they have been cleared from store shelves until labels with more clear warnings can be produced. IKEA will give full refunds for Choklad Mörk and Choklad Mörk 70% bars with any "best before" date.
Unfortunately, this is the second global recall for IKEA in a week. On June 23, the company recalled all models of its Patrull safety gates because the locking mechanism was unreliable and the gates had the potential to injure children.
Here's to hoping IKEA has a better week ahead.