How do I know if my “friendlier” product is affected?

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Of: Mick Oberbusch

A number of Ferrero products are affected by the recall – but how do you know which ones? (Assembly). © teutopress / Imago & Geisser / Imago

The Ferrero recall is asking customers the question of what “friendlier” products they can still eat. The so-called EAN code provides information.

Cologne – The Salmonella scandal at the Ferrero company worries customers throughout Germany. What Ferrero or “friendlier” products can I still eat without hesitation? Which products are at risk for salmonella? And above all: How do I recognize if the products I have purchased are harmful to health? To find out, simply look at the so-called EAN number, which can be found on the packaging directly below the bar code.

Headquarters Alba, Italy
Number of employees 38,767 (2021)
Turnover EUR 12.7 billion (2021)
Land of sale over 170
foundation 1946, Italy
owner Giovanni Ferrero
Manager Lapo Civiletti (September 1, 2017–)

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EAN code – what is it, what does it stand for, where can I find it?

EAN stands for “European Article Number”. The corresponding EAN code consists of eight to 13 digits. If they are read correctly, this provides information on where the goods come from, which company manufactured them, when they were produced, etc. Consumers can find the EAN code directly below the bar code on the product’s packaging.

Ferrero has released a list of products affected by the recall, along with their EAN numbers. For example, if you still have products from the “cheeks” range at home from Easter, such as chocolate bonbons or surprise eggs, you can compare the numbers with a quick look at the barcode and find out if sweets are affected by memory. The also very popular children’s chocolate is not affected. The following products have been recalled by Ferrero and should therefore not be eaten and returned to the supermarket:

Ferrero recall: Do not consume the following products – chocolate candy and surprise eggs affected

Kids Surprise 3er Pack (3x 20g) Classic Egg 4008400240329 all MHD
Kinder Surprise Package with 3 (3x 20g) Pink Eggs 4008400480329 all MHD
Children’s chocolate candies 125g 5413548280189 all MHD
Children’s chocolate candies 200g 5413548283128 all MHD
Kids chocolate candies 300g 4008400621722 all MHD
Children’s chocolate beans 200g + 25g free 4008400280127 all MHD
Children’s chocolate beans 300g + 50g free 4008400621920 all MHD
Children’s chocolate 350g 8000500269633 all MHD
Children’s chocolate sweets 500g 5413548015552 all MHD
Children’s chocolate Bons White 200g 8000500289877 all MHD
Kinder Surprise Maxi Classic Egg 100g 4008400231327 all MHD
Kinder Surprise Maxi Pink Egg 100g 4008400230825 all MHD
Cheeks Mini Egg Hazelnut 100g 8000500196809 all MHD
Children Mini Eggs Cocoa 100g 8000500361207 all MHD
Cheeks Mini Eggs Cheeks Chocolate 100g 8000500234303 all MHD
Kinder Mix Colorful mix 132g 4008400313221 all MHD
Baby mix basket 86g 8000500350911 all MHD
Child mix bag 193g 8000500371466 all MHD
Kids Happy Moments 162g 8000500284391 all MHD
Kids Happy Moments minimix – Greetings Edition 162g 8000500284391 all MHD
Kinder Surprise Maxi Egg Smurfs 100g 8000500269008 all MHD
Kids Mini Egg Mix 250g 8000500295168 all MHD
Kids Maxi Mix Plush 133g 4008400271323 all MHD
Kids Surprise 4er Pack (4x20g) 4008400240527 all MHD
Kids Surprise Maxi Classic Egg Christmas 100g 4008400230726 all MHD
Kids Surprise Maxi Pink Egg Christmas 100g 4008400231723 all MHD
Children’s mix boots 219g 8000500371435 all MHD
Child mix gift bag 193g 8000500370551 all MHD
Kids Maxi Mix Plush 133g 4008400270326 all MHD
Children’s mix table Advent calendar 127g 8000500242131 all MHD
K Mix Easter gift bag, 194g 8000500390160 all MHD

By the way, the best-before date (MHD) does not play a role in the Ferrero recall. As the company explains, the recall has been extended to all best-before dates. That means: If the EAN number from the table listed here matches a purchased “friendlier” product, you should definitely keep your hands off it.

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Ferrero recall: how do I know if I have salmonella?

According to consumer advice, salmonella disease appears within a few days after infection with diarrhea and abdominal pain. Occasionally, vomiting and mild fever may also occur. In healthy people, however, the symptoms usually go away on their own after a few days. However, anyone who develops persistent or severe symptoms should seek medical attention.

Recently, the Consumer Advice Center had also criticized Ferrero’s actions. Therefore, it was “a rudeness and irresponsible” that customers had been left in the dark about the danger of salmonella for so long. The company is said to have known about the danger as early as the winter of 2021, but did not provide information about it until April 2022. As a result, there was a major recall of Ferrero products from many German supermarkets, including Kaufland, Rewe, Globus, Edeka, Penny , Lidl or Aldi. (mo) More news on the 24RHEIN website. Tip: Informed daily about what’s happening in NRW – just subscribe to our free 24RHEIN newsletter.

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