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Ferrero recalls Kinder chocolates after dozens of salmonellosis cases in Europe


Two weeks from Easter, this is bad news for one of the most popular chocolate brands. Several dozen cases of salmonellosis have indeed been detected in Europe, suspicions turning to Kinder chocolate products made in Belgium and recalled by the manufacturer Ferrero.

The latter recalled a series of Kinder products manufactured in its Arlon factory in Belgium, and which were marketed in France, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Northern Ireland, Germany and Sweden, Ferrero said on Tuesday. .

In the United Kingdom, health authorities had already reported on Saturday a recall on certain batches of Kinder Surprise due to a “potential link to an outbreak of salmonellosis“.

A spokeswoman for British health authorities said on Tuesday that 63 cases of salmonella contamination were listed on their territory.

French side, 21 patients have been reported by the National Salmonella Reference Center of the Institut Pasteur, 15 of whom indicated that they had consumed the Kinder products concerned, according to Santé Publique France. The median age of cases is 4 years.

The investigations carried out by Santé Publique France revealed the consumption of certain Kinder brand products subject to this withdrawal-recall in the days preceding the onset of symptoms in the 15 patients who could be questioned at this time.“, detailed Public Health France in its press release on Tuesday.

In France, the recall concerns the equivalent of hundreds of tons of chocolates, said a spokeswoman for Ferrero.

The French branch of the Italian company, the only one to publish a press release on its site for the time being, specified that “none of our Kinder products placed on the French market have tested positive for salmonella, we have not received any complaints from consumers“.

Affected by these recalls:

  • Kinder Surprise 20g (by one, by three, by four and by six) and 100g with expiry dates between the end of June 2022 and the end of October 2022
  • Kinder Schoko-Bons with expiry dates between the end of April and the end of August 2022;
  • Kinder Mini Eggs with expiry dates between the end of April and the end of August and finally
  • Kinder Happy Moments, Kinder Mix: 193g, Basket 150g, Plush 133g, Bucket 198g, with expiry dates at the end of August 2022.

In the event of consumption of contaminated products, Santé Publique France recommends consulting a doctor quickly.

Food poisoning caused by salmonella results in gastrointestinal disorders often accompanied by fever within forty-eight hours of consumption.

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