Kinder Eggs Linked to EU Mass Food Poisoning

Food and safety authorities linked Ferrero’s Kinder Surprise chocolate product to a Salmonella outbreak across Europe.

The United Kingdom has recorded 57 cases of Salmonella infection, mostly in children ages five or below. The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) said the country has ten cases to date. France, Germany, Sweden, and the Netherlands have also reported cases, while Italy has been conducting investigations about the matter.

Salmonella food poisoning commonly leads to diarrhoea, fever, headache, and abdominal cramps. FSAI said symptoms may develop between 12 and 36 hours after infection, but can also range between six and 72 hours.

FSAI warned its citizens not to consume Ferrero’s Kinder Surprise chocolate products, following a food recall. The food authority has also advised retailers, wholesalers, and distributors to remove the product from sales.

The Italian chocolate manufacturer has recalled its Kinder Surprise products in 20 grams and 20 grams in three pack, all best before dates between July 11, 2022 and October 7, 2022.

Ferrero issued an apology regarding the incident.

“Ferrero is cooperating with the UK Food Standards Agency and the Food Safety Authority of Ireland on a possible link to a number of reported cases of salmonella,” the company said.

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