The recall of Kinder chocolates expanded, regardless of the expiry date

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 100g 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.

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.

These are therefore the following lots:

– Kinder Surprise 20g (by one, by three, by four and by six) and 100g;

– Kinder Schoko-Bons milk 125g, 150g, 200g, 300g, 330g, 350g, 480g and 500g and Kinder Schoko-Bons White 200g and 300g;

– Kinder Happy Moments 191g, 242g, 347g and 400g;

– Kinder Mini Eggs hazelnut, cocoa, milk and Kinder Mini Eggs mix;

– Kinder Mix: Bag 193g, Basket 150g, Plush 133g, Bucket 198g, Car 125g.

21 cases of salmonellosis in France

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 his investigation has shown “a genotypic match” between reported salmonella cases and its Arlon plant. The Italian group admitted that it had detected salmonella contamination of its products on December 15 in this factory in Belgium, which was closed on Friday by the authorities.

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 products “finished and semi-finished” manufactured in this factory in the five days preceding December 15 had been blocked.

Food safety

But the massive recalls in recent days of Buitoni pizzas (Nestlé group) and these Kinder chocolates raise questions about food safety in France and Europe, which relies heavily on the self-control of food companies.

The NGO Foodwatch regretted the weakness of the penalties incurred by defaulting companies. “This type of case rarely goes to court”she denounced, wishing for sanctions “dissuasive and exemplary, so that all operators take their responsibilities”.

In France, the group has set up a toll-free number (08 00 65 36 53) as well as an email address ([email protected]). He says he receives nearly 20,000 calls per hour in France.

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