Kinder recognizes “failures”, here is the new list of recalled chocolates

In the middle of the chocolate season, the manufacturer has launched a recall of all products produced in its factory in Arlon, in the Belgian Ardennes, namely: Kinder Surprise, Kinder Mini Eggs, Kinder Surprise Maxi 100 g and Kinder Schoko-Bons. This concerns all the countries where they are distributed, and regardless of the expiry date. At the start of the recalls, Monday in France, it concerned more limited expiration periods.

7% of world production

These chocolates are usually sold in France, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Germany, Sweden and the Netherlands. Dozens of cases of salmonellosis, a disease caused by bacteria and which can cause diarrhea and abdominal cramps, have been identified to date, particularly in France and the United Kingdom. After investigation, the Belgian food safety agency (FASFC) ordered Friday the stop of the production of the factory at the origin of these contaminations, in Arlon.

“For several weeks, more than a hundred cases of salmonellosis have been identified in Europe”, indicated the FASFC, stressing that a “link” established at the end of March between these poisonings and the Ferrero factory in Arlon ( Belgium) “has since been confirmed”. “After investigating […] and following the findings of recent hours that the information provided by Ferrero is incomplete, the Agency is today withdrawing authorization from the Ferrero production plant in Arlon”, she indicates, also ordering the recall of all products in the Kinder range from the site.

“Ferrero acknowledges that there have been internal failures, causing delays in retrieving and sharing information within the required timeframes. This impacted the speed and efficiency of the investigations,” the group acknowledged. “The Arlon plant represents approximately 7% of the total volume of Kinder products manufactured worldwide over one year,” Ferrero said. The confectionery giant this week recalled its products not only in Europe, but also in the United States, where no case has been declared however to date.

21 cases in France

Salmonellosis, caused by bacteria called salmonella, is a leading cause of death from food poisoning. Its symptoms appear on average after one to three days of incubation. They are most often those of sometimes acute gastroenteritis: diarrhea and abdominal cramps, slight fever, even vomiting. According to the latest report from Public Health France on Tuesday, 21 cases of salmonellosis have been identified by the National Reference Center for Salmonella at the Institut Pasteur in France. Out of 16 cases questioned, 8 people were hospitalized, all since discharged, and no deaths have been reported.

On Tuesday, a spokesperson for British authorities said they had counted 63 cases of salmonella contamination in the United Kingdom. Ferrero says its investigation has shown “a genotypic match” between reported salmonella cases and its Arlon plant. The Italian group acknowledged that it had detected salmonella contamination of its products in this factory in Belgium on December 15. The company had identified a filter at the outlet of the two raw material tanks as the source of the contamination and had removed it. All “finished and semi-finished” products produced at this plant in the five days prior to December 15 had been blocked.

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