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Many of us enjoy nothing more than a few luxury chocolates. For some of us, this may be a few a day, as a little treat after tea (or dinner, for any of our Southern clients), and for others with more restraint, this may be only on special occasions, such as Christmas, Easter or our birthdays. Whenever you enjoy your chocolate, you expect the food to be safe to eat, especially if you have allergies, and there are none of your trigger foods detailed on the label. 
 
MG Legal, food allergy compensation solicitors near you, are aware that Hotel Chocolat have recalled their Summer Desserts Sleekster chocolates, due to the fact that they contain egg, gluten (in the form of wheat) and nuts (in the form of hazelnuts and walnuts). According to the recall notice, these allergens are not listed on the label, and therefore, if consumed by the wrong person, could cause serious injury. 

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What products have Hotel Chocolat recalled? 

Hotel Chocolat have recalled packs of the product that are 365g, with any batch code with a best before date of 31 October 2021. You can find full details of the product recall notice, here

What is an egg allergy? 

According to allergynorthwest.nhs.uk, an egg allergy is caused by the body reacting to proteins present in both the egg white and yolk. 

What is a nut allergy? 

Our expert personal injury compensation solicitors near you, MG Legal, have previously explained what a nut allergy is on there blog, available here. A nut allergy is your body’s reaction to treating proteins found in nuts as a threat, like with eggs. 

What is a gluten allergy? 

An allergy to gluten is, again, the body’s reaction to proteins found in wheat. You can find out more about coeliac disease and non-coeliac gluten sensitivity on coeliac.org.uk, here

What are the symptoms of a food allergy? 

The severity of an allergic reaction to food products can vary from person-to-person, however, the most common symptoms include: 
 
- Tingling or itchy mouth 
- Hives (a raised, itchy, red rash or sometimes an itchy, red rash with no raising) 
- A dizzy and lightheaded feeling 
- Nausea and/or vomiting 
- Anaphylaxis 
 
You can find out the full symptoms of an allergic reaction on the NHS website, here

What other food groups can cause allergies? 

There are a number of allergen food groups, however, the 14 most common are: 
 
- Celery 
- Cereals containing gluten 
- Crustaceans 
- Eggs 
- Fish 
- Lupin 
- Milk 
- Molluscs 
- Mustard 
- Tree Nuts 
- Peanuts 
- Sesame seeds 
- Soya 
- Sulphur dioxide (also called sulphites) 
 
You can find out more about food allergies and how many people are affected by these, here

Hotel Chocolat recalls Summer Desserts Sleekster Chocolates due to undeclared allergens: what should I do if I have purchased the product? 

If you have not already eaten the chocolates, you should return it to the store that you purchased it from and receive a full refund. 
 
If you have already consumed the product, and you suffer from any food allergies or intolerances which have been triggered by consuming the product due to these allergens not being on the product label, our team can help. 

What do I do if I ate a recalled product? 

If you have consumed a food product that has been recalled due to contamination of bacteria, and have experienced any of the above symptoms, contact MG Legal’s expert team of personal injury solicitors near to you, who specialise in food contamination claims, to discuss making a claim. As a consumer, you are owed a duty of care by the vendors of such products, and if this duty of care has not been shown to you, you may be entitled to compensation. 

Solicitors near me who deal with injury compensation claims 

MG Legal are solicitors near you who deal with food allergy and personal injury compensation claims. Our expert team frequently assist clients throughout England and Wales in making a claim for compensation when the duty of care owed to them has not been shown. You can contact our expert team of Personal Injury Compensation experts online, here, via email, or by contacting your local office
 
MG Legal accept all personal injury compensation claims on a No Win No Fee basis, meaning that it won’t cost you a penny. 
 
So, don’t delay; if someone owed you a duty of care which they have breached, contact our expert team of solicitors near you today. 
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