Ferrero recalls several tons of Kinder chocolates over suspected salmonella

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Children’s chocolates are suspected of transmitting salmonellosis. (©Illustration/Adobe Stock)

More than a few weeks before Easter† Lovers of childish will have to do without some of these Ferrero branded candies. Hundreds of tons chocolates are involved in a voluntary recall of company products for: suspicion of salmonella The Italian group is recalling certain batches of products manufactured in Belgium in France, the General Directorate of Public Health (DGS) reported in a press release.

are concerned about the chocolates next:

  • children’s surprise 20g (per one, by three, by four and by six) and 100g with expiration dates between the end of June 2022 and the end of October 2022;
  • Kinder Surprise Maxi with expiration dates between the end of April and the end of August 2022;
  • Schoko-Bons with expiry dates between the end of April and the end of August;
  • Children’s mini eggs 193g, Basket 150g, Plush 133g, Bucket 198g, due end of August 2022.

The reason ? A suspected salmonella infection (Salmonella Typhimurium).

“However, none of our Kinder products that have been placed on the French market have tested positive for salmonella, we have not received any complaints from consumers,” the Italian company said in a press release.

Especially don’t consume

But people who own these products are asked to “ do not consume them and throw them away immediately”specifies the DGS.

In France, Santé Publique France emphasized the consumption of certain Kinder products subject to this recall in the days preceding the onset of symptoms in the 15 patients who could be questioned at that time, we read in the press release from the DGS.

Salmonella products gastrointestinal disorders often accompanied by fever within forty-eight hours of consumption of the contaminated products. “These symptoms can be exacerbated in young children, immunocompromised individuals, pregnant women and the elderly,” explains the DGS.

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People who have consumed the above products and who show these symptoms are invited to: consult their doctor immediately by informing him of this consumption.

Consumers can get a refund, provided with a photo of the packaging with the product references (best before date, barcode number), by contacting the company at the following address: [email protected].

Salmonellosis outbreak in several European countries

These recalls follow an epidemic of salmonellosis in several European countries.

For example, the French health authorities have been informed by the National Reference Center for Salmonella of the Institut Pasteur that 21 cases of salmonellosis occurred in France, spread throughout the territory. Eight of them were hospitalized and all have returned home. The median age of cases is 4 years.

Directorate-General for Health

These cases of salmonellosis have same genetic strain as the strain responsible for an outbreak in the UK and Irelandin connection with the consumption of certain Kinder products subject to this recall,” the DGS notes.

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