The outbreak is characterized by an unusually high proportion of children being hospitalised, some with severe clinical symptoms such as bloody diarrhea. The majority of the cases are children under 5 years of age.
According to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, Salmonella Typhimurium matching the human outbreak strain had been identified at Ferrero plant in Belgium in December 2021 in own-check samples. The processing step involving buttermilk was identified as the possible contamination point, and hygiene measures were implemented. Ferrero plant idistributed the implicated Kinder chocolate products across Europe and globally.
The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) is continuing to work with the Food Standards Agency, Food Standards Scotland, Public Health Scotland, Public Health Wales, Public Health Agency Northern Ireland – as well as international public health and food safety authorities – to investigate an ongoing outbreak of salmonella linked to certain Kinder products made in one of Ferrero’s factories, in Arlon, Belgium.
As of 20 April, there are 73 cases linked to this outbreak in the UK. The majority of the cases are children under 5 years of age. Illnesses have also been reported in Austria (6), Belgium (29), Denmark (1), France (37), Germany (14), Ireland (15), Luxembourg (2), Netherlands (2), Norway (1), Spain (3) and Sweden (4).
The following products have been recalled and regardless of best-before date, should not be eaten.
The recall includes:
- Kinder Surprise 20g and 3x 20g
- Kinder Surprise 100g
- Kinder Egg Hunt
- Kinder Mini Eggs
- Kinder Schoko-Bons
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