All affected products at a glance

The Ferrero chocolate group has been making bad news for weeks due to a salmonella outbreak at a Belgian factory. A list provides information on which “baby” products you should avoid. Some supermarkets take back the affected goods.

Shortly before Easter, the Ferrero confectionery group had to launch an important recall campaign for “children’s” products. Since a salmonella outbreak has occurred in one of the manufacturer’s Belgian factories, parts of the range could be contaminated.

Due to salmonella cases in several countries, the Belgian control authority Afsca stopped production of Ferrero at the affected plant in early April. The Public Prosecutor’s Office is investigating the company. Previously, hundreds of salmonella cases across Europe had been linked to sweets produced there.

Salmonella outbreak: These Ferrero products may be affected

According to the EU health authority ECDC, the affected Belgian Ferrero factory sold the chocolate products across Europe and around the world. The manufacturer has now had to close the plant in Belgium on the instructions of the authorities. The following products are affected by the recall: published by Ferrero in early April:

With a precise expiration date

  • Kinder Surprise 3er Pack (3x 20g) Classic Egg (April to June 2022)
  • Kinder Surprise 3 Pack (3x 20g) Pink Egg (April to June 2022)
  • chocolates for children 125g, 200g, 300g, 200g + 25g free, 300g + 50g free, 350g, 500g (May to September 2022)
  • Kinder Chocolate Bons White 200g (May to September 2022)
  • Kinder Surprise Maxi Classic Egg 100g (April to September 2022)
  • Kinder Surprise Maxi Pink Egg 100g (from April to September 2022)
  • Kinder Mini Eggs Hazelnut 100g (August to September 2022)
  • kinder Mini Eggs Cacao 100g (August to September 2022)
  • kinder Mini Eggs kinder chocolate 100g (from August to September 2022)
  • Children Happy Moments 162g (May to September 2022)
  • Kinder Happy Moments mini mix – Greetings Edition 162g (May to September 2022)
  • Kinder Surprise 3-pack (3 x 20 g) (April to June 2022) Kinder Schoko-Bons and Kinder Schoko-Bons White (May to September 2022)
  • Kinder Surprise Maxi 100g (April to September 2022)
  • kinder Mini Eggs 100g and kinder mix packs containing one of the above items (from August to September 2022)

Regardless of the expiration date

  • Kinder Mix Colored Mix 132g
  • mixed basket for children 86g
  • mixed bag for children 193 g

You can see the entire list and pictures here.

According to Produktrü, an additional Easter article and some articles from the Christmas period 2021 are interested, namely:

  • K Mix Easter gift box 194 g
  • Kinder Surprise Maxi Classic Christmas Egg 100g
  • Kinder Surprise Maxi Christmas Egg Pink 100g
  • kids mix boots 219g
  • children mix 193g gift bag
  • Plush Maxi Mix for Children 133g
  • kids mix advent calendar 127

In the published press release, the group advised consumers to keep the product and contact Ferrero’s consumer service. According to the Hamburg Consumer Advice Center, many supermarkets and discounters collect Ferrero products without presenting the receipt, including Netto Marken-Discount, Edeka, Kaufland, Aldi Nord and Süd and Lidl.

Important: Have you eaten any of the products mentioned? Then, over the next 12 to 36 hours, look out for typical symptoms of a salmonella infection. The Federal Center for Health Education (BZgA) mentions, for example, sudden diarrhea, headache and abdominal pain, general malaise, and occasionally vomiting. In this case, consult a doctor immediately.

Salmonella scandal: buttermilk may have been the cause

According to EU authorities, the salmonella outbreak around Ferrero chocolate products could be linked to the processing of buttermilk at the affected plant in Belgium. During factory operator checks in Arlon, the bacterium Salmonella Typhimurium was discovered in a tub of buttermilk in December 2021, the EU health authority ECDC announced on Tuesday about its ongoing investigation. The company implemented hygiene measures and increased sampling and testing of products and the processing environment. After the negative salmonella test, the chocolate products were then sold throughout Europe and around the world.

ECDC and the EU Food Safety Authority, EFSA, wrote in a joint assessment of the outbreak that 119 confirmed and 31 suspected cases were recorded last Friday in a total of ten European countries, including the Germany. The first positive sample was taken in Great Britain on 21 December, where an increase in cases of infection was reported in mid-February.

Most of the infected are children under the age of ten, many of whom have had to be hospitalized. The situation will continue to be closely monitored, the ECDC and EFSA wrote. Further investigations at the facility are needed to identify the root cause, timing and possible factors underlying the contamination.

Suggestion: It is best to always use fair certified organic chocolate. The Fairtrade brand stands for better social conditions, prohibits the exploitation of child labor and the use of certain chemicals and supports sustainable production. With organic you support more sustainable agriculture.

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