WHO Releases Report on Salmonella Kinder Egg Outbreak

The World Health Organization (WHO) is monitoring a drug-resistant Salmonella epidemic connected to a Belgian chocolate manufacturer.

According to a WHO press release, at least 151 people, predominantly young children, have become ill with diarrhea and vomiting after consuming Kinder chocolate eggs prepared at a Ferrero Corporate plant in Arlon.

“After implementing hygiene measures and negative Salmonella testing, the implicated products (all Kinder products manufactured at the implicated facility (Arlon) including Kinder Surprise, Kinder Mini Eggs, Kinder Surprise Maxi 100g, and Kinder Schoko-Bons) were distributed across Europe and globally,” WHO said. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defined salmonella as bacteria that make people that makes people sick where those infected experience diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps.

After consuming the contaminated chocolate, at least nine people were hospitalized with severe salmonella infections.

Only 21 instances have symptom and severity data, according to the WHO. 

There have been no deaths linked yet to the outbreak.

On March 27, UK health officials first confirmed the widespread Salmonella outbreak. 

The UK’s Food Standards Agency issued a recall warning for certain batches of Kinder Surprise chocolate eggs less than a week later.

Belgian authorities shut down the Arlon factory completely on April 8, and Ferrero recalled all Kinder goods made there.


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