Following salmonella infections, Kinder has expanded its chocolate recall in the United Kingdom and Ireland
Ferrero, an Italian candy company, said on Wednesday that it was extending a recall of its Kinder chocolate eggs in the United Kingdom and Ireland because they might be contaminated with salmonella. This is just 10 days before Easter.
Although no salmonella has been found in any of Ferrero’s toy-filled Kinder Surprise chocolate eggs or other goods, the UK and Irish recalls have been extended as a precaution.
Concerns about items from Ferrero’s factory in the Belgian town of Arlon that were sold in Belgium, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Sweden prompted the decision, which came after recalls in several other European nations on Tuesday.
Salmonella is a bacteria that causes diarrhoea, fever, and stomach cramps in people. It is one of the most prevalent food-borne diseases.
While the situation remains unchanged, Ferrero stated in a statement, “we are fully aware that Easter is approaching, and we anticipate an increase in sales of these goods.”
As a precautionary step, we have decided to voluntarily recall the products today due to the fact that these extra products were made in the same facility in Belgium, at the same time.
20-gram Kinder Surprise eggs sold separately and in packs of three with “best before” dates up to and including October 7, 2022, are now included in the recall.
Only goods with use-by dates between July 11 and October 7 were recalled on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Ferrero announced that it had decided to voluntarily recall various other Kinder goods in the UK and Ireland, including 75-gram Mini eggs, 150-gram Egg Hunt Kits, 100-gram Kinder Surprises, and 200-gram Kinder Schokobons, with consumption dates ranging from April 20 to August 21.
The business said it is continuing to work with various regulatory organizations in both countries “with respect to a number of reported cases of salmonella.”
Although no Kinder products have tested positive for salmonella since they were distributed to the market, it said, “we are taking this very seriously.”
Salmonella has been found in 63 cases across the United Kingdom, according to the Food Standards Agency.
In France, there have been 21 cases, and 15 people say they ate the recalled Kinder items.