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Chocolate eggs, mixed bags and chocolate marshmallows: A wide variety of “kinder” brand products should not be consumed under any circumstances due to the recall. Ferrero admits mistakes.

Update on April 11, 2022 at 15:48: On Monday (April 11) the Belgian prosecutor’s office announced that it had launched investigations into the Ferrero group. The investigations began after the closure of a Ferrero plant in Arlon, Belgium.

Due to salmonella cases in several countries, which are probably due to Ferrero products, Ferrero had to stop production at the Arlon plant for the time being. Belgian food safety authority Afsca announced on Friday that it would revoke the plant’s production license. In addition, all products would have to be withdrawn from the factory.

Salmonella cases in several European countries are now also occupying two EU authorities. The EU food safety authority EFSA and the EU health authority ECDC are investigating the Ferrero case and want to publish a statement about it next week.

A police vehicle in front of a Ferrero factory in Belgium. Following the withdrawal of salmonella, the Public Ministry is now investigating. © Eric Lalmand / dpa

Update on April 8, 2022 at 18:11: Ferrero has admitted errors in handling the recall of some products. The Italian company admitted on Friday “internal inefficiencies that caused delays in withdrawals and information sharing.” Therefore, the investigations of the case were not carried out with the necessary speed and efficiency, according to the statement, quoted by the Ansa and Adnkronos news agencies.

In December, the company was informed of a case of salmonella at a factory in Arlon, Belgium, Ferrero France in Luxembourg confirmed. The plant was temporarily closed on Friday and the Afsca control authority withdrew the production license.

Ferrero on handling recalls: “Deeply sorry for what happened”

“Ferrero is deeply saddened by what has happened,” the company’s headquarters in Alba, in Italy’s Piedmont region, said in a statement. After the incident, everything possible is being done so that the trust of the clients is not lost.

At the same time, the company announced that, as in other countries, it would also withdraw in Italy those sweets that had been manufactured in the Belgian factory. There have been no cases of salmonella linked to Ferrero products in Italy, he said.

Ferrero’s memory stretched out again: Has the group known about the problems for a long time?

Update on April 8, 2022 at 10:25 am: Ferrero is once again recalling six “kinder” products and the recall is being extended again. These are mostly Christmas products that expire in April. If you still have some of the Christmas treats in your cupboard, you should check the following list before you eat them.

With the latest extension of the recall to six new “kinder” products, the Ferrero company has also admitted that the first cases were known much earlier than previously thought. Ferrero has noise Focus admitted on Thursday that salmonella had already been detected on December 15, 2021.

Nearly half of all infections reported to date are aloud Focus from Great Britain, where the first case had already been detected on January 7. So far, four confirmed and three suspected cases are known in Germany. Several other EU countries are affected: cases have been reported in Belgium, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and probably also in France. Focus.

The recall in Germany is being extended to be sure, according to Ferrero.

Ferrero states in a press release (found on the company’s website) that so far none of the products on the German market have tested positive for the salmonella pathogen. So the withdrawal is voluntary. The company is working with food authorities and retailers to remove the endangered products from the German market, which should have already happened, Ferrero said in the press release.

New “kinder” salmonella risk products (as of April 8): Ferrero recall extended again

  • Kinder Surprise Maxi Classic Christmas Egg 100g, EAN PO: 4008400230726 (Best before April 20, 2022)
  • Kinder Surprise Maxi Pink Christmas Egg 100g, EAN PO: 4008400231723 (Best before April 20, 2022)
  • Mixed boots for children 219g, EAN PO: 8000500371435 (Best before April 20, 2022)
  • Kids mix gift bag 193g EAN PO: 800050037055 (Best before April 20, 2022)
  • Kids Maxi Mix Plush 133g, EAN PO: 4008400270326 (Best before April 20, 2022)
  • Children’s advent calendar mixed table, EAN VB: 8000500242131 (Best before April 20, 2022)

Ferrero recall background: what is salmonella and why is it dangerous?

A salmonella illness is a typical foodborne infection that causes diarrhea, summarizes the Federal Center for Health Education. Pathogens multiply in the gastrointestinal tract. According to the Federal Center website, the most common way Salmonella enters the human digestive tract is through food. It’s also worth knowing that bacteria multiply much faster in unrefrigerated food.

Sudden diarrhea, headache and abdominal pain, general malaise and occasional vomiting are common symptoms of salmonella illness, according to the website of the Federal Center for Health Education. A mild fever is often present; in rare cases, it can also lead to serious disease progression, such as a bloodstream infection (sepsis), with a high fever.

First report on April 7, 2022, 16:51: Alba – The Italian group Ferrero is withdrawing from the market a series of “kinder” products. The reason is a possible contamination with Salmonella (Salmonella Typhimurium). By April 5, 134 cases had already been reported across Europe.

The first case was detected in the United Kingdom on January 7, 2022. Since February 17, 2022, cases have also been identified in other parts of Europe. As of April 5, 2022, a total of 134 cases had been reported, most in children under the age of ten. Now there is also a warning for Germany*. Apparently the group has initiated a recall* as a precautionary measure in this country.

The following “children’s” products are affected, the consumption of which is strongly discouraged:

  • child surprise pack 3 (3x 20g) Classic Egg

    EAN PO: 4008400240329

    Consume before date: 10.04. – 06/21/2022
  • child surprise pack 3 (3x 20g) Pink Egg

    EAN PO: 4008400480329

    Consume before date: 10.04. – 06/21/2022
  • Pack of 4 Kinder Surprise (4x20g)

    EAN PO: 4008400240527

    Consume before date: 08/21/2022
  • chocolate bonbons for children 125g, 200g, 300g, 200g + 25g free, 300g + 50g free, 350g, 500g

    EANRS:

    5413548280189

    5413548283128

    4008400621722

    4008400280127

    4008400621920

    8000500269633

    5413548015552

    Consume before the date: 28.05. – 08/28/2022
  • Kinder White Chocolate Bons 200g

    EAN PO: 8000500289877

    Consume before the date: 31.05. – 09/29/2022
  • Kinder Surprise Maxi Classic Egg 100 grams

    EAN PO: 4008400231327

    Consume before date: 08/21/2022
  • Kinder Surprise Maxi Pink Egg 100 grams

    EAN PO: 4008400230825

    Consume before date: 08/21/2022
  • Mini Kinder Hazelnut Eggs 100 grams

    EAN PO: 8000500196809

    Consume before date: 08/21/2022
  • Kinder Cocoa Mini Eggs 100 grams

    EAN PO: 8000500361207

    Consume before date: 08/21/2022
  • Kinder Mini Eggs Kinder Chocolate 100 grams

    EAN PO: 8000500234303

    Consume before date: 08/21/2022
  • Kinder Mix Colorful Mix 132g

    EAN PO: 4008400313221

    Consume before date: 08/21/2022
  • mixed basket for children 86g

    EAN PO: 8000500350911

    Consume before date: 08/21/2022
  • kids mix bag 193g

    EAN PO: 8000500371466

    Consume before date: 08/21/2022
  • children happy moments 162g

    EAN PO: 8000500284391

    Consume before the date: 28.05. – 08/28/2022
  • Happy Moments Kids Mini Mix – Greetings Edition 162g

    EAN PO: 8000500284391

    Consume before the date: 28.05. – 08/28/2022
  • Kinder Surprise Maxi Egg Smurfs 100 grams

    EAN PO: 8000500269008

    Consume before date: 19.08. – 09/18/2022
  • Mix of Mini Kinder Eggs 250 grams

    EAN PO: 8000500295168

    Consume before date: 08/21/2022
  • kids maxi mix teddy 133g

    EAN PO: 4008400271323

    Consume before date: 08/21/2022

All other Ferrero products, including other Kinder products in Germany, are not affected by this recall.

According to the Hamburg consumer advice center, several supermarkets withdraw products even without a receipt. Net, Edeka, Rewe, Penny, Kaufland, Aldi and Lidl are mentioned here.

You can contact customer service through the following contact details, to the extent currently available:

Ferrero MSC GmbH & Co. KG Customer Service 60624 Frankfurt

Tel.: +49 (0)69 / 665 666-0 (Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.)

Email: [email protected]

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