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Kinder Chocolate Recalls Products in US Over Salmonella Concerns

Kinder Chocolate Recalls Products in US Over Salmonella Concerns
Source: BBC

Ferrero has issued a recall for certain of its Kinder chocolates in the United States due to a possible salmonella infection.

Ferrero North America has announced a voluntary recall of Kinder Happy Moments Chocolate Assortment and Kinder Mix Chocolate Treats baskets.

It comes after the company earlier this week withdrew its Kinder Surprise chocolate eggs from UK shops.

The decision was made, according to the firm, because they were produced in a facility where salmonella had been found.

Ferrero indicated at the time that the tainted chocolate was made in Belgium and that the recall might be expanded to other countries.

This recall did not affect any other Kinder or Ferrero goods marketed in the United States, according to the company.

In a recent statement, Ferrero claimed, “Ferrero is collaborating with the US Food and Drug Administration on reported instances of Salmonella in Europe.”

In Asia, including Hong Kong and Singapore, several Kinder chocolates have been recalled.

Kinder Surprise chocolate eggs were recalled earlier this week due to a connection to salmonella outbreaks in the United Kingdom.

People should not eat 20g or three-pack eggs with best before dates between 11 July and 7 October 2022, according to the UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Kinder Easter egg hunt kits (150g), Kinder Mini eggs (75g), Kinder Schokobons (200g), and Kinder Surprise (100g) were all recalled within a few days.

All of the sweets in question were produced in the same Belgian facility.

Ferrero, the maker of Kinder chocolates, announced that it has made the “precautionary decision” to expand the recall to these goods in the UK and Ireland with best before dates between April 2022 and August 2022.

The chocolate producer claims that none of its commercially available Kinder products have tested positive for salmonella, although it takes the issue “very seriously.”

The company also mentioned that Easter was approaching, which generally results in a spike in Kinder Surprise egg sales.

It happened after an epidemic connected to the Kinder Surprise sweets sickened more than 60 individuals in the UK, the majority of whom were young children.

The FSA stated on Monday that no fatalities had been recorded in the UK, but that the majority of the cases affected youngsters aged five and under.

The UK Health Security Agency, Public Health Scotland, Public Health Wales, and the Public Health Agency Northern Ireland have all led investigations thus far.

On Wednesday, the European Commission said it was investigating dozens of suspected salmonella cases connected to chocolate consumption in at least nine countries, including the United Kingdom, Germany, France, and Belgium.

In a statement, it did not specify Ferrero or any other confectioner, but it did warn that the reported instances were predominantly among youngsters under the age of ten.

Salmonella bacteria can cause serious and life-threatening infections, particularly in children, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems.