Ferrero recall of “friendlier” products extended twice

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Of: Magdalene von Zumbusch


Chocolate eggs, mixed bags and chocolate beans: A wide range of “cheek” brand products should under no circumstances be ingested due to the recall. Ferrero admits mistakes.

Update from 11 April 2022 at 15.48: On Monday (April 11), the Belgian prosecution announced that they had started investigations into the Ferrero group. Investigations began after the closure of a Ferrero plant in Arlon, Belgium.

Due to the salmonella cases in several countries, which are probably due to Ferrero products, Ferrero had to stop production at the factory in Arlon for the time being. The Belgian food safety authority Afsca announced on Friday that it will revoke the production permit for the plant. In addition, all products had to be recalled from the factory.

The Salmonella cases in several European countries are now also involving two EU authorities. The EU Food Safety Authority EFSA and the EU Health Authority ECDC are investigating the Ferrero case and want to publish an opinion on it in the coming week.

Ferrero recall of “friendlier” products extended twice
A police car in front of a Ferrero factory in Belgium. Following the salmonella recall, the public prosecutor is now investigating. © Eric Lalmand / dpa

Update from April 8, 2022 at 18.11: Ferrero has admitted errors in handling recalls of some products. The Italian company admitted on Friday “internal inefficiencies that caused delays in recalls and information sharing.” Therefore, the investigations into the case were not carried out as quickly and efficiently as necessary, according to the statement quoted by the news agencies Ansa and Adnkronos.

A salmonella case was reported to the company in December at a factory in Arlon, Belgium, as confirmed by Ferrero France in Luxembourg. The plant was temporarily closed on Friday, and the Afsca Authority withdrew the production license.

Ferrero on handling recalls: “Deeply sorry for what happened”

“Ferrero is deeply saddened by what happened,” the company’s headquarters in Alba in the Piedmont region of Italy said in a statement. After the incident, every effort is made to ensure that customers’ trust is not lost.

At the same time, the company announced that, as in other countries, it would also recall the sweets in Italy that had been produced at the factory in Belgium. There have been no cases of salmonella associated with Ferrero products in Italy, it states.

Ferrero recall extended again: Has the group known about issues for a long time?

Update from April 8, 2022 at 10:25: Ferrero is once again recalling six more “friendlier” products, and the recall is being extended again. It’s mostly Christmas products that expire in April. If you still have some Christmas candy in your closet, you should check the list below before eating them.

With the recent extension of the recall to six new “friendlier” products, the Ferrero company has also admitted that the first cases became known much earlier than previously thought. Ferrero makes noises Focus admitted on Thursday that salmonella had already been discovered on December 15, 2021.

Nearly half of all infections reported to date are high Focus from Britain, where the first case had already been discovered on 7 January. So far, four confirmed and three suspected cases are known in Germany. A number of other EU countries are affected: cases have been reported in Belgium, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and probably also France Focus.

The recall in Germany is being extended to be on the safe side, according to Ferrero

Ferrero states in a press release (available on the company’s website) that none of the products on the German market have so far tested positive for the salmonella pathogen. So the recall is voluntary. The company is working with food authorities and retailers to remove the endangered products from the German market, which should have happened now, Ferrero said in the press release.

New “friendlier” products at risk of salmonella (from April 8): Ferrero recall extended again

  • Kinder Surprise Maxi Classic Egg Christmas 100g, EAN PO: 4008400230726 (Best before April 20, 2022)
  • Kids Surprise Maxi Pink Egg Christmas 100g, EAN PO: 4008400231723 (Best before April 20, 2022)
  • Børnemix boots 219g, EAN PO: 8000500371435 (Best before April 20, 2022)
  • Child mix gift bag 193g EAN PO: 800050037055 (Best before April 20, 2022)
  • Kids Maxi Mix Plush 133g, EAN PO: 4008400270326 (Best before April 20, 2022)
  • Children’s mix table Advent calendar, EAN VB: 8000500242131 (best before 20 April 2022)

Background on the Ferrero recall: what is salmonella and why is it dangerous?

A salmonella disease is a typical food infection that causes diarrhea, sums up the Federal Center for Health Education. The pathogens multiply in the gastrointestinal tract. The most common way for salmonella to enter the human digestive tract is through food, according to the Federal Center’s website. It is also worth knowing that bacteria multiply much faster on unrefrigerated food.

Sudden diarrhea, headaches and abdominal pain, general malaise and occasional vomiting are common symptoms of salmonella disease, according to the Federal Center for Health Education website. Mild fever often occurs, in rare cases it can also lead to serious disease progression, such as a bloodstream infection (sepsis), with high fever.

First report from April 7, 2022 at. 16.51: Alba – The Italian group Ferrero is recalling a number of “friendlier” products. The cause is possible contamination with Salmonella (Salmonella Typhimurium). By 5 April, 134 cases had already been reported across Europe.

The first case was discovered in the UK on January 7, 2022. Since February 17, 2022, cases have also been identified elsewhere in Europe. Pr. On April 5, 2022, a total of 134 cases were reported, mainly in children under ten years of age. There is now also a warning for Germany *. The group has apparently started a recall * as a security measure in this country.

The following “children” products are affected whose consumption is strongly discouraged:

  • children’s surprise 3-pack (3x 20g) Classic egg

    EAN PO: 4008400240329

    Best before date: 10.04. – 21/06/2022
  • children’s surprise 3-pack (3x 20g) Pink Eggs

    EAN PO: 4008400480329

    Best before date: 10.04. – 21/06/2022
  • Kids Surprise 4 pack (4x20g)

    EAN PO: 4008400240527

    Last before date: 21.08.2022
  • children’s chocolate candies 125 g, 200 g, 300 g, 200 g + 25 g free, 300 g + 50 g free, 350 g, 500 g

    EAN SR:








    Best before date: 28.05. – 28/08/2022
  • Cheeks Chocolate Bons White 200 g

    EAN PO: 8000500289877

    Best before date: 31.05. – 29/09/2022
  • Kinder Surprise Maxi Classic Egg 100 g

    EAN PO: 4008400231327

    Last before date: 21.08.2022
  • Kids Surprise Maxi Pink Egg 100 g

    EAN PO: 4008400230825

    Last before date: 21.08.2022
  • Cheeks Mini Egg Hazelnut 100 g

    EAN PO: 8000500196809

    Last before date: 21.08.2022
  • Kinder Mini Eggs Cocoa 100 g

    EAN PO: 8000500361207

    Last before date: 21.08.2022
  • Cheeks Mini Eggs Cheeks Chocolate 100 g

    EAN PO: 8000500234303

    Last before date: 21.08.2022
  • Kinder Mix Colorful mix 132 g

    EAN PO: 4008400313221

    Last before date: 21.08.2022
  • kids mix basket 86g

    EAN PO: 8000500350911

    Last before date: 21.08.2022
  • children mix bag 193 g

    EAN PO: 8000500371466

    Last before date: 21.08.2022
  • children’s happy moments 162 g

    EAN PO: 8000500284391

    Best before date: 28.05. – 28/08/2022
  • children Happy Moments mini mix Greetings Edition 162g

    EAN PO: 8000500284391

    Best before date: 28.05. – 28/08/2022
  • Kinder Surprise Maxi Egg Smurfs 100 g

    EAN PO: 8000500269008

    Best before date: 19.08. – 18/09/2022
  • Kinder Mini Egg Mix 250 g

    EAN PO: 8000500295168

    Last before date: 21.08.2022
  • children maxi mix plush 133 g

    EAN PO: 4008400271323

    Last before date: 21.08.2022

All other Ferrero products, including other Kinder products in Germany, are not affected by this recall.

According to the Hamburg Consumer Advice Center, a number of supermarkets take back the products even without a receipt. Net, Edeka, Rewe, Penny, Kaufland, Aldi and Lidl are mentioned here.

Customer service can be reached under the following contact information, as far as it is currently available:

Ferrero MSC GmbH & Co. KG Consumer Service 60624 Frankfurt

Tel .: +49 (0) 69/665 666-0 (Monday – Friday 8:30 – 17:30)


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