Target recalls chocolate Easter bunnies over undeclared nuts

Target Australia has recalled several varieties of chocolate Easter bunnies and a chocolate duck after the products - which contain tree nuts and peanuts - were incorrectly labelled, raising concerns about potentially life-threatening reactions in some people with allergies.

The products, made in Germany, were labelled "may contain shell fruit" instead of "may contain tree nuts and peanuts" as required by Australian food regulations.

"The recall is due to the potential presence of undeclared allergens," a statement released by Target said.

A Target spokesman said the reference to "shell nuts" was "an attempted translation that didn't quite hit the mark".

He said Target may get the products re-labelled to ensure they complied with Australian food standard laws.

In its statement about the national recall, Target asked customers affected to return the chocolate products to the place of purchase "for a full refund".

"Any consumers who have a tree nut or peanut allergy or intolerance may have a reaction if these products are consumed."

Target apologised for the inconvenience caused and added the products were safe to consume for anyone without a tree nut or peanut allergy.

The Easter bunnies, duck and mixed chocolate bags are all packaged in clear cellophane or foil wrappers. The recalled varieties include the Target brands of a milk chocolate bunny, in 900g, 500g, 200g or 100g sizes, the dark chocolate bunny in the 100g size, the white chocolate bunny, in 500g or 100g sizes, the milk chocolate duck, 250g and the Klett brand Easter cone mixed bag of chocolates in 400g and milk chocolate sitting bunny in 150g.


The products are all labelled "best before 30.06.2016".

The recall does not relate to any other Target Australia chocolate or confectionary products. 

The NSW Food Authority said purchasers with tree nut or peanut allergies should take particular care to not consume these products.

Customers with any questions about the recall can contact Target Australia's enquiry line on 1300 753 567.