Possible salmonella contamination: Ferrero withdraws children’s products

As of: 04/07/2022 16:03

Italian candy maker Ferrero is recalling several products under its “Kinder” brand due to an outbreak of salmonella in several countries. There are also confirmed cases in Germany.

Due to possible salmonella contamination, confectionery manufacturer Ferrero has recalled products under the well-known “Kinder” brand in numerous countries as a precautionary measure. Those affected by the recall in Germany are, among other things, children’s surprise eggs (pack of three) with an expiration date between April and June 2022, as well as children’s chocolate pralines and children’s chocolate pralines. with an expiration date between May and September 2022. Also being recalled are Kinder-Surprise Maxi (100 grams), Kinder-Mini-Eggs (100 grams), as well as Kinder-Mix packs containing one of these items with expiration date between August and September 2022.

Ferrero has posted a detailed and up-to-date list of recalled products on its website. According to the group, all the items were made in the same factory in Belgium. As a precaution, they should not be consumed.

Ferrero had already recalled several products on Tuesday. The EU food safety authority EFSA and the EU health authority ECDC launched investigations. So far, there have been 105 confirmed cases of salmonella and 29 suspected cases in the EU, officials said, most of them in children under the age of ten. Those affected include Great Britain, Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden. Ferrero has also recalled children’s products in Australia and Israel.

Four confirmed cases in Germany

In Germany there are four confirmed and three suspected cases of salmonella caused by children’s products. The Federal Office for Consumer Protection also warned against the consumption of chocolate products for children, as they could be linked to an outbreak of salmonella.

The outbreak has been characterized by an unusually high proportion of children requiring hospitalisation, some with severe symptoms such as bloody diarrhoea, the EFSA and ECDC said. Certain chocolate products have been identified as a likely route of infection.

A statement from the manufacturer said: “Ferrero is working closely with the responsible food authority in Germany to uncover a possible link to a number of reported cases of salmonella. Although none of our children’s products that have been launched have tested positive for salmonella and none. If we have consumer complaints, we take the matter very seriously.”

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