A few days before Easter, one of the most lucrative holidays for chocolate manufacturers, the Italian group Ferrero announced the voluntary recall of some of its products made in Belgium due to suspected salmonella.
Are concerned about these recalls, the parties of children’s surprise 20 g (per one, per three, per four and per six) and 100 g with a best before date between the end of June 2022 and the end of October 2022, lots of Kinder Schoko-Bons with a best before date between the end of April and the end of August 2022, the batches of Kinder Mini -eggs with a best before date between the end of April and the end of August and finally the Kinder Happy Moments, Kinder Mix: 193g, Basket 150g, Plush 133g, Bucket 198g, with a best before date at the end of August 2022 .
In the press release, the company emphasizes: “None of our Kinder products placed on the French market has tested positive for salmonella, we have not received any complaints from consumers.”
Ferrero is therefore conducting this recall voluntarily and as a precaution. It also indicates that it is working closely with the government and in particular with the Directorate-General for Competition, Consumption and Anti-Fraud (DGCCRF). “We take this matter very seriously as consumer protection is our top priority,” continues Ferrero in his statement.
The brand advises holders of these products not to consume them and to contact the support team on 08 00 65 36 53 or by mail at the address [email protected]†
In Belgium, where candy is made, the Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain (AFSCA) called on Monday not to consume these products due to the discovery of a “series of salmonella outbreaks identified in several Member States”.
Multiple symptoms in case of infection
According to the Institut Pasteur, contamination with salmonella in humans can lead to various pathologies, in particular gastroenteritis, typhoid and paratyphoid.
The incubation period of the bacteria can last from one to three weeks. The infection is accompanied by many symptoms, including high fever, loss of appetite, migraines, as well as abdominal pain and intestinal complaints.
A recovery period of several weeks is required for total remission. However, if not treated properly, the infection can lead to death in 10% of cases.