In Germany, Ferrero also has to recall many other chocolate products besides surprise eggs. This is a precautionary measure as the products may contain salmonella. A total of around 150 suspected cases have already been detected in Europe; now it seems clear the reason for the infestation.
According to EU authorities, the salmonella outbreak in Ferrero chocolate products may be linked to the processing of whey at the affected plant in Belgium. During the factory operator’s own checks in Arlon, the bacterium Salmonella Typhimurium was discovered in a tank of whey in December 2021, the EU health authority ECDC announced on Tuesday about its ongoing investigations. The company has implemented hygiene measures and increased sampling and testing of products and the processing environment. After negative salmonella tests, the chocolate products were sold throughout Europe and around the world.
The ECDC and the EU food safety authority EFSA wrote in a joint assessment of the outbreak that as of Friday last week there had been 119 confirmed cases and 31 suspected cases in a total of 10 European countries, including Germany. The first positive sample was taken in Great Britain on December 21, where an increase in cases of infection was reported in mid-February.
Most of those infected are children under the age of ten, many of whom have had to be hospitalized. The situation will continue to be closely monitored, the ECDC and EFSA wrote. Further investigations are needed at the plant to identify the root cause, timing, and possible factors behind the contamination.
Surprise eggs and company: Ferrero withdraws even more products
According to the information, almost half of all infections reported so far have occurred in Great Britain, where the first case was detected on January 7. Four confirmed cases and three suspected cases are known in Germany. Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden are also affected. According to health authorities in Paris, there was also a recall in France.
Ferrero is recalling other children’s products in Germany. Although none of the children’s products that have been put on the market have tested positive for salmonella, the following items should not be consumed as a precaution:
- Surprise children’s eggs (pack of four, best before date/best before 08.21.2022)
- Kids Maxi Mix Soft Toy (best before 21.08.2022)
- Mix of mini eggs for children (best before 21.08.2022)
- Kinder Surprise Maxi Egg Smurfs (better before 08.19. to 09.18.2022)
Ferrero is recalling another 6 products with a specific BBD (as of April 7 at 11:42 pm)
- Kinder Surprise Maxi Classic Egg Christmas 100g (Prefer before April 20, 2022)
- Kinder Surprise Maxi Pink Egg Christmas 100g (Prefer before April 20, 2022)
- Kids Mix Boots 219g (best before 20.04.2022)
- Children’s mix gift bag 193 g (best before 20.04.2022)
- Kids Maxi Mix Plush 133g (best before 20.04.2022)
- Mixed table advent calendar for children (best before 20.04.2022)
They were made in Belgium. The company also posted an updated list of all recalled products.
“Ferrero is working closely with the responsible food authority in Germany to uncover a possible link to a number of reported cases of salmonella,” the company said on Wednesday.
You can find the exact list in PDF format at this link or in the following tweet:
Surprise eggs and company: Ferrero withdraws products and stops production at the affected plant
Salmonella cases in several European countries, which are probably related to chocolate products, now also occupy two EU authorities. The EU food safety authority EFSA and the EU health authority ECDC have launched investigations into the outbreak and want to publish an assessment next week.
Due to salmonella cases in several countries, candy maker Ferrero has had to stop production at a factory in Belgium for the time being. Supervisory authority Afsca announced on Friday that it would revoke the Arlon plant’s production license. Therefore, all factory products must be recalled. On Monday, the Belgian prosecutor’s office announced that they had launched investigations against Ferrero. These are related to the closed plant in Arlon.
But that is not all. Ferrero admitted on Thursday that salmonella had already been detected on December 15, 2021. The group is also recalling products again.
Salmonella at Ferrero: Recall now also in the US
Ferrero has now withdrawn products from its “Kids” confectionery line in the United States. Because the “Happy Moments Chocolate Assortment” and “Mix Chocolate Treats Basket” products could be contaminated with salmonella and therefore pose a potential health risk, Ferrero is voluntarily recalling the products from the market, according to an announcement from the company that the US food authority FDA said on Thursday (local time) published.
The two products were manufactured in a factory where a salmonella infection had been detected. It’s a precautionary measure after consumers of products from the same factory were infected with salmonella in Europe, he said. No cases of illness have yet been reported in the US. Products already purchased should not be eaten and customer service should be contacted for a refund.
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