Several Kinder products have been recalled after being linked to an outbreak of salmonella. A number of these cases involved young children.
Ferrero’s precautionary recall extends to all products manufactured at its factory in Arlon, Belgium, listed in a Product Recall Information Notice (PRIN). These include Kinder Surprise 20g and 20g x 3, Kinder Surprise 100g, Kinder Mini Eggs 75g, Kinder Egg Hunt Kit 150g and Kinder Schokobons 200g.
Investigations by the UKHSA, Public Health Scotland, Public Health Wales and Public Health Agency Northern Ireland have linked reported cases of salmonella poisoning in the UK to products made by the Ferrero company.
Symptoms of salmonellosis usually go away on their own 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.
Tina Potter, FSA Incident Manager, said: “We have taken action with local authorities and Belgian authorities to minimize the risk based on the evidence so far.
“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 poisoning with salmonella.
“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“The affected food company has voluntarily withdrawn and recalled this product and we are working closely with them and their competent authorities to identify the precise cause of this outbreak.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.
Dr Lesley Larkin, Head of Gastrointestinal Pathogen Surveillance and Food Safety (One Health) at UKHSA, said: “We welcome the cooperation of Ferrero International SA in instituting the recall and withdrawal of a number of confectionery products linked to an ongoing outbreak of Salmonella in the UK. We work closely with the company as well as the Food Standards Agency, Food Standards Scotland, Public Health Scotland, Public Health Wales, Public Health Agency Northern Ireland and international public health and food safety authorities to ensure that the risk to the public is minimized. .
“The symptoms of salmonellosis usually go away on their own within a few days. However, symptoms can be more severe, especially in young children and those with weakened immune systems. Anyone concerned that they have symptoms of salmonellosis should contact their GP or call NHS 111. Salmonella can be passed from person to person. others if possible, if you have symptoms.