The Belgian factory actually detected salmonella contamination in December, and there is no recall after all | cooking and eating

Chocolate contaminated with salmonella from manufacturer Ferrero was discovered on December 15 at a factory in Arlon, Belgium. The reason was that the filter was clogged somewhere during the production process. Contaminated chocolate eggs are no longer allowed to leave the factory. However, more than a hundred salmonella infections have been reported in Europe. How this can be done is under investigation.

Chocolate manufacturer Ferrero announced in a press release today the discovery of salmonella on December 15. It happened at the factory in Arlon.

DNA match

This notification complies with data from the Belgian food control agency FAVV NVWA. against VTM News FASFC spokeswoman Helen Ponte told there was a clear link between the Ferrero plant and the people who had contracted the disease.

Bonte: This link was made in two ways. The researchers asked sick patients in the UK about their eating habits in the days before they developed symptoms. Kinder Surprise has been shown a lot.” Moreover, Bonte learns that Kinder Surprise is produced exclusively in Belgium for the British market. “An even more important link was made: Salmonella DNA in patients’ stool matches that found in the factory.”


The Salmonella DNA in the stool of patients matches the DNA in the plant

Helen Ponty, spokeswoman for the FASFC


More than 100 infections have appeared since Tuesday. Most of them are in the UK, France, Ireland and Belgium, although those in our neighboring country have not been officially confirmed. Australia is now also removing Kinder eggs from shelves.

According to Ferrero, a thorough investigation has shown that the origin of salmonella in the plant lies in a clogged filter. Attaches to a filter at the exit of two tanks for raw materials. “Semi-finished and finished products have been set aside and not released. The matter is currently being investigated with food safety authorities.” The company says it has taken steps in response to the discovery. For example, the filter has been removed and the number of validations has increased significantly.

Ferrero regrets the case

Ferrero stresses that the current recall is a precaution. This is for Kinder Surprise, Kinder Mini Eggs, Kinder Surprise Maxi 100g and Kinder Schokobons batches. The famous chocolatier assures that all other Kinder and Ferrero products are unaffected by this recall. Yesterday, Dutch Foodwatch described the consumer exposure as a “food scandal”.

The manufacturer says that it deeply regrets this issue. “Ferero takes food safety very seriously and every step we take is for the safety of our customers.”

‘Seriously afraid’

In Belgium, 5-year-old Letty became infected after eating a Kinder Surprise egg. That’s what her mother, Het Laatste Nieuws, told her.

Last week, her daughter had been sick on the sofa in the living room for days. She was inappropriate and her face was not coloured. “I was worried,” says mum Catherine Van Roy. “It looked like the flu, but it’s very severe. On Tuesday morning, Letty had a high fever and severe abdominal pain. She also had to go to the toilet constantly with diarrhoea. Once about thirty times a day.”


According to Van Roy, sometimes they could not even leave the toilet. Then I stayed with her on the ground. I even took unpaid leave for the rest of the week to look after her.”

Van Roy’s suspicions were quickly confirmed after media attention. The serial number of the Kinder Surprise eggs that Letty ate every day matches a number on Ferrero’s “black list”. Van Roy sent an email to the FASFC with her story last week. But it did not go beyond the standard apologies and response. So they don’t officially consider Letty as someone who got sick from chocolate. It is still in a “possibly infected” state.

Salmonella in chocolate is rare.

According to the Nutrition Center, salmonella is not naturally found in cocoa. But is it possible for an ingredient to come into contact with it, such as milk powder? Or that there is salmonella bacteria on the equipment in the factory which has contaminated the chocolate. “The presence of salmonella in chocolate is extremely rare, but possible,” the center wrote on its website.

Because chocolate is very greasy, it protects salmonella bacteria. That is why the pathogen can survive for a long time, for example, a chocolate egg.

Salmonella usually causes little harm. Young children can develop complaints such as diarrhoea, abdominal pain, and fever. Do young children have complaints and is diarrhea persistent with symptoms of dehydration? Then go to the doctor. Symptoms of dehydration are lack of urination, excessive thirst, and drowsiness.

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