Kinder Surprise eggs, which have caused salmonella infections in a number of European countries, are evidence of a failure of food safety controls. That’s what Foodwatch says. The interest group calls it a “food scandal” and wants to improve the diet.
Foodwatch says it’s taking a long time for companies to react to potential dangers. Products are only recalled when they have already been consumed and so it is too late. Therefore, consumers are at risk of ingesting contaminated products.
In many European countries, people have become ill after eating products that come from the Belgian factory where Kinder Surprise eggs are also made. Manufacturer Ferrero announced on Wednesday that it will remove related products from shelves in the Netherlands. There may be a link between chocolate made in the Belgian factory and salmonella infection.
It is not yet clear whether chocolate caused salmonella infection in our country. The National Institute of Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) received two reports of young children already infected in February by salmonella bacteria. A spokesperson for the National Institute of Health and Virology said: “Laboratory research has indicated that it relates to the same strain that can be seen in outbreaks elsewhere in Europe, but we do not know what these children ate.”
Earlier, the Belgian food safety agency FASFC called on consumers not to eat certain Ferrero products as a precaution. Residents in Great Britain have also been urged not to take Kinder Surprise for an indefinite period.
Dutch consumers are now also advised not to eat the chocolate in question and to contact customer service for a refund. In addition to Kinder Surprise, they include Kinder Schokobons, Kinder Happy Moments, Advent Calendar, and Mix Peluche. The manufacturer has published the best dates before each product, which are mentioned on the respective batches. They come from a factory in Arlon, Belgium.
“We have not received any complaints from consumers in the Netherlands,” Ferrero said. “Also, none of our baby products that have been put on the market have been tested for salmonella infection with salmonella. However, we take this very seriously, because consumer care is our top priority. We are working with retailers to ensure that these products are no longer They are for sale and are being withdrawn. We take food safety very seriously and are sorry for this.”
The Dutch Consumer and Food Safety Authority (NVWA) also advises people not to eat chocolate from the shipments in question. “NVWA ensures that buyers of these products in the Netherlands withdraw the products from the market,” the regulator said.
More than sixty people in Great Britain have been infected after eating the well-known surprise eggs, which are produced at the Ferrero factory in Arlon, Belgium. There are currently sixteen confirmed cases linked to the outbreak in our southern neighbours, according to a report by the Flemish organization FAVV.
There are currently 125 known cases across Europe. In Sweden, for example, there are four confirmed cases. British media earlier reported 63 cases in the UK, and the Irish Food Agency is talking about ten cases in Ireland. In France there are 21 patients.
What is salmonella?
Salmonella is a bacteria that can cause salmonella infection. There are different types of salmonella. The serotypes Enteritidis (S. Enteritidis) and Typhimurium (S. Typhimurium) are responsible for the majority of infections in humans in recent years.
Salmonellosis is a common infection that in most cases heals without treatment. In some cases, salmonellosis can become more serious. In case of severe symptoms, you should consult a doctor who can start treatment.
Possible symptoms of salmonellosis infection are fever, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea within 6 to 72 hours after eating contaminated food. Young children, pregnant women, people with poor resistance, and the elderly are at greater risk of developing symptoms.
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