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7.25-ounce bottles of Hershey’s Chocolate Shell Topping have been recalled nationwide by the company due to the presence of undeclared almonds.

The affected products have the code 69N printed on the back of the bottle below the UPC symbol. The UPC/Bar Code is 346000. The item in question was available for purchase nationwide after July 8, 2008.

Severity of almond-induced allergic reactions ranges from slight oral allergy syndrome (itching at the mouth and/or tongue soon after chewing and ingesting the fruit) to severe and even potentially fatal systemic reactions (anaphylactic shock; hives and swelling of the throat, asthma). Severity of allergic reactions depends on which protein(s) in the almond that the patient has become allergic to.

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