Shares in Cadbury Schweppes fell 1.5p to finish on 556p yesterday following a downgrade by analysts.

Merrill Lynch cut its recommendations from 'buy' to 'neutral' while JP Morgan put an 'underweight' rating on the shares.

JP Morgan said: “Cadbury has been struggling to regain positive sales momentum in UK chocolate since the announcement of its product recall on 23 June. If the authorities were to take legal action Cadbury could face another PR nightmare.”