UpdateAt least two children in the Netherlands have contracted salmonella that may have been linked to Kinder Surprise, the Dutch Food and Consumer Safety Authority (NVWA) confirms. “We are working with human and force to find out exactly what is happening. An explanation for this may come later today,” a ministry spokesman said.
Affected children, according to RTL News Less than five years old and showed such symptoms which they reported to their GP. It is not clear where they bought the chocolate. According to the news channel, one report was submitted at the end of February, and the other in March.
Earlier this week, residents in Belgium and Great Britain were already called to stop taking Kinder Surprise indefinitely. Chocolate eggs, which are popular with children, are associated with the spread of salmonella in many European countries. The NVWA is awaiting further investigation – including asking whether Kinder Surprise eggs or other products from a Belgian Ferrero factory linked to the outbreak in our country have been sold, before issuing an opinion. NVWA sees no reason for the recall as in Belgium. “You don’t want to make statements without getting the facts first. We are working on that now.”
The Belgian Food Safety Agency FASFC has called on consumers to stop using certain Ferrero products with specific dates best before as a precaution.
Related to the following products:
Kinder Surprise 20g and 3x20g with expiry date between 07/11/22 and 7/10/22
Kinder Surprise Maxi has an expiration date between 10/08/22 and 10/09/22
Schoko coupons that expire between 10/08/22 and 10/09/22
Kinder Mini Eggs with an expiration date between 10/08/22 and 10/09/22
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.
Ferrero, the manufacturer of Kinder Surprise, should already take responsibility, says FAVV spokesperson Jean-Sebastien Walhin. “We are in contact with the company and have a meeting late in the morning. We are also in contact with other health authorities through the RASFF, an alert system that identifies problems with agri-food products in the European Union.”
We are in touch with the company and have a meeting late in the morning
less than 5 years
Kinder Surprise eggs have been popular with young children for years, notes the FASFC. As Easter approaches, the FASFC is asking parents and educators to check if they have these products in their possession and, if so, to ensure they are not consumed. We urge Belgian consumers who own the products not to consume the products.
The famous chocolate eggs with a toy inside were pulled from British supermarket shelves earlier this week. There, at least 63 cases of salmonella have already been linked to chocolate candies. The majority of cases involve children under the age of five, according to the British Health Service.
Since the FASFC was notified, the organization has carried out “additional and targeted examinations” at Ferrero in Arlon. There are currently no confirmed cases associated with this outbreak in Belgium. It appears that “in cooperation with the communities and the Sciensano National Reference Laboratory, an investigation is being carried out into a number of suspected cases”.
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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