The FASFC calls on consumers not to consume 5 Ferrero brand chocolate products. These products are linked to an outbreak of salmonella in several European countries.
The product recall concerns the following products, manufactured at the Ferrero factory in Arlon:
– Kinder surprise 20g and 3x20g with a minimum durability date (MDD) between 07/11/22 and 10/7/22,
– Kinder Surprise Maxi with a minimum expiration date (BDD) between 08/10/22 and 09/10/22
– Schoko Bons with a minimum durability date (MDD) between 08/10/22 and 09/10/22
– Kinder Mini Eggs with a minimum expiration date (BDD) between 08/10/22 and 09/10/22.
Consumers who have these products in their possession are asked not to consume them.
These products are popular with young children. As Easter approaches, FASFC asks parents to check if they have these products in their possession and, if so, to ensure that they are not consumed.
The FASFC draws attention to the recall of a product made by the Ferrero company and which refers to products manufactured at its company in Arlon. Since the FASFC was informed of this file, the Agency has been carrying out additional and specific checks at the level of the Ferrero company in Belgium.
Salmonella outbreaks in Europe
Following a series of Salmonella outbreaks reported in different Member States, an investigation was carried out to identify the common source. The investigation showed that Ferrero’s “Kinder Surprise” chocolate eggs were a suspected food product. In Belgium, there are currently no confirmed cases related to this epidemic. Several suspected cases are being investigated in cooperation with community health services and the national reference laboratory Sciensano.
What is Salmonella and what are the symptoms?
Salmonella is a bacterium that can cause salmonellosis. There are different types of Salmonella. The serotypes Enteritidis (S. Enteritidis) and Typhimurium (S. Typhimurium) have been responsible for the majority of human infections in recent years. Salmonellosis is a common infection that in most cases resolves without treatment. In some cases, salmonellosis can take more serious forms. In case of severe symptoms, you should consult a doctor who can identify an appropriate treatment.
Possible symptoms of foodborne salmonellosis infection are fever, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea within 6 to 72 hours of eating the infected food. Young children, pregnant women, immunosuppressed people, and the elderly are more likely to develop symptoms.
Consumers with questions can contact the FASFC Consumer Contact Point via the online form or toll-free on 0800 13 550 (available Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) Wednesdays from 13 to 16:30). ).