07 April 2022 – 9:48 am Watch
Almost two weeks before Easter, Ferrero in Germany recalled several batches of well-known children’s products, such as chocolates and surprise eggs. The background is a possible connection with outbreaks of salmonella after the consumption of this type of product in nine European countries. The EU authority ECDC has announced that it now wants to investigate the cases. An evaluation should follow in the next week.
As a precaution, Ferrero is recalling several well-known children’s chocolate products.
As the confectionery company Ferrero announced on Tuesday (April 5), it had voluntarily decided to recall the products in Germany as a precautionary measure. The company is working closely with the responsible food authority in Germany to uncover a possible link to a number of reported cases of salmonella.
So far, none of Ferrero’s products marketed in Germany have tested positive for salmonella. The company says it has not received any complaints from consumers. However, “the matter would be taken very seriously,” Ferrero said in a recent report. The Federal Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL) issued a warning against chocolate products for children on Tuesday. A connection to the Salmonella cases that have been made public cannot be ruled out at this time.
Salmonella cases from Ferrero chocolate? EU authority investigates connections
Whether the salmonella infections reported in several European countries are really due to the consumption of children’s chocolate from the Ferrero group or have another cause is now the task of the EU health authority ECDC. The first test results should be available next week.
While the ECDC did not name Ferrero or any other manufacturers on Wednesday, it warned that the reported cases mainly affect children under 10 years of age. “The outbreak is marked by an unusually high proportion of hospitalized children, some with severe clinical symptoms, including bloody diarrhoea.”
The following products are affected by the Ferrero recall:
- Kinder Surprise Eggs (pack of 3) with expiration date between April and June 2022
- Kinder-Schoko-Bons and Kinder-Schoko-Bons White with an expiration date between May and September 2022
- Kinder-Surprise Maxi (100 grams)
- Mini children’s eggs (100 grams)
- Children’s mixed packs containing any of the above items with an expiration date between August and September 2022
As Ferrero informs, all the mentioned products were manufactured in the same factory and, therefore, were subject to the same manufacturing processes.
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So far, 134 confirmed or probable cases of salmonella have been known in a total of nine European countries. With 63 confirmed cases as of April 5, the UK has the highest number of incidents.
According to the ECDC, other countries with probable or confirmed cases include Germany, France, Ireland, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Sweden and Norway. (dpa/there)