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Cadbury issues warning to parents over Mini Eggs ahead of Easter

Cadbury issues warning to parents over Mini Eggs ahead of Easter

There is a health warning on the back of the Easter staple.

Easter is officially on the horizon, and for many celebrants of the spring-time holiday, that means one thing, and one thing only.

That's right, it's chocolate time, baby!

Whilst you might argue that Christmas is also perfect time for this sweet treat - in the form of selection boxes and stocking fillers - when you know it'll be immediately followed by a colossal roast dinner with all the trimmings, as well as a mountain of pudding - the chocolate attraction dwindles slightly.

Whereas, at Easter, you can enjoy your chocolate snacks relatively guilt-free - if consumed in moderation, of course.

And as many Easter celebrants will know, one of the most popular treats that parents purchase for their youngsters at this time of year is Cadbury's Mini Eggs.

For those unfamiliar with this mouth-watering delicacy, these tiny explosions of flavour consist of solid milk chocolate, encompassed in a crisp sugar shell.

What you not be aware of, however, is that these Easter delights actually come with a health warning.

Mini eggs have been deemed a choking hazard.
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That's right, branded onto each pack of Mini Eggs is a warning to parents about the potential choking hazard that they could pose to your small children.

The packaging reads in subtle red letters: "CHOKING HAZARD: This product is not suitable for children under 4."

Many parents have gone on to share this largely unreported health risk during the run up to the Easter period, in the hope of preventing their fellow mums and dads from taking a trip to A&E this spring.

One parent shared the warning on Facebook, with another message from Cadbury, reemphasising the news.

"Mini eggs have a warning on the back - not suitable for children under four years old," brand representatives penned.

"Solid chocolate eggs pose a choking risk to children - they're very similar in shape to grapes."

Cadbury's later told Tyla in an exclusive statement: "The safety of consumers is of the upmost importance to us and all of our Cadbury Mini Eggs products carry a very clear choking hazard warning on pack.

"We also highlight that these products are not suitable for children under the age of four on all Mini Eggs packaging."

Mini Eggs come with a small health warning.

This warning comes just weeks after the Child Accident Prevention Trust posted the same note on their social media channel.

"They are the perfect size to block a small child’s airway and choke them, and their hard shell can make it difficult to dislodge with standard first aid techniques," the corporation described the eggs.

"With whole grapes we advise cutting them in half lengthways and ideally into quarters to create thin strips. But chopping up these eggs isn’t as easy."

The charity recommends putting the eggs into a sealed bag and smashing them with a rolling pin, making them a better size for young ones.

They also suggest opting for a larger, more hollow chocolate egg around this time of year.

Alternatively, the organisation said to hide them and eat them yourself, which we personally love the sound of way more than the other suggestions.

Featured Image Credit: Sainsbury’s/Nigel Stripe/Getty Images

Topics: Health, Shopping, Food and Drink, Parenting