Salmonellosis: the recall of certain Kinder chocolates extended to the United States

The recall area of ​​some chocolates is expanding. Italian confectionery giant Ferrero on Thursday evening extended a precautionary recall of certain Kinder chocolates to retailers in the United States due to possible salmonella contamination.

A few days before Easter, a Christian holiday which takes place on April 17, the Italian manufacturer has already recalled this week Kinder chocolates marketed in several European countries (France, Belgium, United Kingdom, Ireland, Sweden and the Netherlands), due to concerns over chocolate products from its Belgian factory in Arlon. They are believed to be at the center of a salmonellosis outbreak even though no Kinder products have been found with the bacteria.

21 cases in France, 15 of which consumed products of the brand

“There are no confirmed cases in the United States to date and no other Kinder or Ferrero product is affected by this recall,” said the group in a press release, which indicates that it is cooperating with the American health authorities. cases reported in Europe. Ferrero added that it was working closely with US retailers to ensure products are no longer “available for purchase” and to prioritize consumer safety.

Salmonella is a type of bacteria that can cause symptoms such as diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps in humans. It is one of the most common foodborne infections. 63 cases of salmonellosis have been identified in the UK. In France, 21 were reported and 15 said they had consumed the Kinder products which are now subject to a recall, according to Santé Publique France. In France, the recall concerns the equivalent of hundreds of tons of chocolates.

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