Ferrero recalls Kinder products after FSA warning over salmonella outbreak

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04 April 2022 — The Food Standards Agency and Food Standards Scotland have advised consumers to avoid certain Ferrero Kinder products with best before dates of 11 July and 7 October 2022, due to a link to a possible outbreak of Salmonella.

Following a product recall as a precaution, consumers have been advised to take action if they have purchased a Kinder product linked to the period and the outbreak. The majority of cases have been detected in young children.

“We welcome the precautionary approach taken by Ferrero and advise consumers not to consume any of the products listed in the FSA alert. It is really important that consumers follow this advice to avoid the risk of contracting intoxication with salmonella,” says Tina Potter, FSA, Incident Manager.

“We know that these particular products are popular with young children, particularly in the run up to Easter, so we urge parents and guardians of children to check if any products already in their homes are affected by this recall.

The link to Ferrero’s Kinder and the Salmonella outbreak was established through a series of investigations, carried out by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), Public Health Scotland, Public Health Wales and Public Health Agency Northern Ireland.

Kinder removed from shelves until further notice
Ferrero has taken precautions to prevent further Salmonella poisoning by removing related products with “immediate effect” while investigations are ongoing. The products in question were manufactured in the same factory.

Consumers were urged not to eat the products listed in the recall alert and to follow the risk advice.

Kinder Surprise products have been recalled.

According to the FSA, symptoms of salmonellosis resolve within a few days and include diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting and fever. However, symptoms can be more severe and lead to hospitalization, especially in the very young and those with weakened immune systems.

“The affected food company has voluntarily withdrawn and recalled this product and we are working closely with them and their competent authorities to identify the precise cause of this outbreak. We also work closely with UK and international partners including UKHSA and Food Standards Scotland,” says Potter.

“Anyone who is concerned that they have symptoms of salmonellosis should contact their GP or call NHS 111. Salmonella can be passed from person to person, so anyone affected should follow good hygiene practices such as than washing hands thoroughly after using the toilet and avoiding handling food. for others, if possible, if you have symptoms,” says Dr Lesley Larkin, Surveillance, Gastrointestinal Pathogens and Food Safety Officer (One Health) at UKHSA.

Edited by Inga de Jong

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