Kinder Recall Expands to Include Mini Eggs, Egg Hunt Kit and Schokobons Over Salmonella Scares
Chocolate giant Ferrero has recalled even more chocolate products after its first recall of Kinder eggs, over concerns the candies may have been infected with salmonella. The expansion of recalled products comes two days after the Food Standards Agency launched an investigation into a possible salmonella outbreak involving Kinder Surprise eggs.
Earlier this week nearly 60 people, mostly children, fell ill after ingesting a Kinder Surprise chocolate egg. No deaths have been reported, but around 77% of cases are in children aged five and under.
In an alert, the agency said the recall was due to a “potential link to a salmonella outbreak.” The affected products are the 20g eggs or the three-egg pack, all with an expiration date between July 11, 2022 and October 7, 2022. Ferrero has recalled the products and people are advised not to eat them.
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The Italian chocolate maker has now extended its product recall to its Kinder Mini Eggs, Kinder Egg Hunt Kit and Kinder Schokobons.
The recalled products are: Kinder Surprise – 20g and 20g x 3 – All dates up to and including October 07, 2022; Kinder Surprise – 100g – all dates from April 20, 2022 until August 21, 2022 inclusive; Kinder Mini Eggs – 75g – all dates from April 20, 2022 until August 21, 2022 inclusive; Kinder Egg Hunt Kit – 150g – all dates from April 20, 2022 until August 21, 2022 inclusive and Kinder Schokobons – 200g – all dates from April 20, 2022 until August 21, 2022 inclusive.
A Ferrero spokesperson said: “We are recalling the above products. Point of sale notices will be posted at retail stores that carry these products. These notices tell customers why the products are being recalled and tell them what do if they bought the products.”
Anyone who has purchased products with these expiry dates can contact the Ferrero Consumer Helpline on email@example.com or 0330 053 8943 for a full refund. The FSA said the eggs were all made in the same factory and other Ferrero products would not be affected.
Investigations so far have been led by the UK Health Safety Agency (UKHSA), Public Health Scotland, Public Health Wales and Public Health Agency Northern Ireland. Symptoms of salmonella include diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, and fever.
While most cases resolve within a few days, symptoms can be severe and lead to hospitalization, especially in the very young and those with weakened immune systems.
Tina Potter, Incident Manager at the FSA, said: “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 these tips to avoid the risk of contracting salmonella poisoning.
“We know 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.
Dr Lesley Larkin, Head of Surveillance at UKHSA, added: “Anyone concerned that they may have symptoms of salmonellosis should contact their GP or call NHS 111. Salmonella can be passed from person to person. other, so anyone affected should adhere to good hygiene practices, such as washing their hands thoroughly after using the toilet and avoiding handling food for others whenever possible, if you have symptoms .
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