The Hershey Company just issued a voluntary recall for its Hershey's Chocolate Shell Topping, announcing that 1,700 bottles were filled with Heath Shell Topping by mistake and therefore contain almonds, according to a recall notice posted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and on the Hershey website.
Anyone who has an allergy or sensitivity to this nut and unknowingly consumes the product may experience a severe or life-threatening allergic reaction.
The 7.25-ounce bottles were circulated in the U.S. between April 15 and May 3, 2021.
"Consumers who purchased Hershey's Chocolate Shell Topping products after April 15 with lot code 25JSAS1 should not consume the product," the company says, noting that instead, customers "should contact Hershey Consumer Relations for a full refund by calling 1-866-528-6848 Monday through Friday from (9 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST) or visit www.askhershey.com."
According to Food Allergy Research & Education, even a small amount of almonds or other tree nuts can cause a reaction in someone who is allergic.
Symptoms can appear anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours after ingestion. A stomach ache, runny nose, itchy eyes, hives, and tingling of the lips and tongue are all mild signs of an almond allergy.
According to the recall notice, there have been no reports of sickness or injury.
The recall does not apply to any Hershey's Chocolate Shell Topping products purchased before April 15.