With Easter just around the corner, Ferrero is recalling all Kinder Surprises, Kinder Mini Eggs, Kinder Surprise Maxi and Chocolate Bons produced at the Belgian factory in Arlon. Hundreds of salmonella infections are the cause of the recall.
New: Ferrero is not only recalling products in Europe, but also in Australia, New Zealand and the USA.
Worldwide infections – also in Germany
The background is a possible connection to a salmonella outbreak. In mid-December 2021, Salmonella was detected in the area of two raw material tanks during internal checks at the Belgian plant. Further investigations have shown that the salmonellae detected there have a genetic match with salmonellae from several cases of illness in several European countries, including Germany.
Recall extended: Which products are affected by the Ferrero recall?
All products from the Belgian factory in Arlon are affected by the recall in Germany. consumers should avoid all children’s products listed below, regardless of best before date (MHD). Initially, only certain best-before dates were specified for the Ferrero recall, but the recall was extended again:
- Kinder Surprise Eggs (pack of three, 3 x 20 grams) with EAN VB: 4008400240329
- children’s surprise 3-pack (3x 20 grams) pink eggs with EAN VB: 4008400480329
- Children’s chocolate candy (125g, 200g, 300g, 200g + 25g free, 300g + 50g free, 350g, 500g)
- children Chocolate Bons White (200 grams) with EAN VB: 8000500289877
- Children’s surprise Maxi (100 grams), Mini eggs for children (100 grams). Mixed packs for childrencontaining any of the above items
- Children happy moments (162 grams) and Children Happy Moments mini mix (Greetings Edition with 162 grams), with EAN VB: 8000500284391
- Kinder Surprise Maxi Egg Smurfs (100 grams) with EAN VB: 8000500269008
All items were made in the same factory in Belgium, according to Ferrero.
Important: The product recall at Ferrero has also been extended to some Christmas products. Among other things, special surprise eggs and advent calendars are affected, each with a best-before date of April 20, 2022.
How do I know if my product is affected?
Consumers cannot tell from the product itself whether it is made in the Belgian factory or not. Therefore, the consumer advice centers advise as a safety measure not to consume any “kinder” products from Ferrero such as Kinder Surprise Eggs, Kinder Mini Eggs, Kinder Surprise Maxi and Chocolate Bonspending investigations by the authorities and the Ferrero company.
Chocolate beans, children’s surprises, children’s mini eggs: among other things, these children’s products are affected by the recall at Ferrero. (Photo: Ferrero (Ferrero Press Office Germany))
Anyone who has purchased the products can also return them to the respective supermarket without a receipt. If you have any questions, you can contact customer service (tel. 069/665 666-0, [email protected]).
risk of salmonella
Salmonella disease manifests itself through diarrhea, abdominal pain and vomiting. The disease can be life-threatening in infants, young children, the elderly and people with a weakened immune system. The incubation period is two to three days. Anyone experiencing symptoms of salmonella infection should seek medical attention.
Belgian prosecutors are investigating Ferrero
On Friday, the Afsca regulator temporarily revoked Ferrero’s production permit for the Arlon plant until all food safety rules and requirements are met. In addition, all “kids” chocolate products manufactured in Arlon have been withdrawn. The Arlon plant may only reopen when all food safety rules and requirements have been met. The public prosecutor is investigating the company.
Ferrero previously announced that salmonella had been detected at the plant as early as 15 December 2021. Salmonella was found in a sieve at the outlet of two raw material tanks. The products made from it were then withheld. The filter has been replaced and controls on unfinished and finished products have been increased.
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