Ferrero recalls more Kinder Surprise egg products over salmonella link
More Kinder Surprise chocolate egg products have been recalled over a link to salmonella cases in the UK and Ireland.
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) had advised people not to eat 20g or three-pack eggs with best before dates between 11 July and 7 October 2022.
Kinder Easter egg hunt kits (150g), Kinder Mini eggs (75g), Kinder schokobons (200g) and the 100g Kinder Surprise have now been recalled too. All sweets affected had been made in the same Belgian factory.
Ferrero, which makes Kinder chocolates, said that it had taken the “precautionary decision” to voluntarily extend the recall to these products in the UK and Ireland with best before dates between 20 April 2022 and 21 August 2022.
The chocolate-maker said none of its Kinder products released for sale had tested positive for salmonella, but that it takes the matter “extremely seriously”.
They added that they were aware of Easter coming up, which usually sees a sales boost for Kinder Surprise eggs.
“The company takes food safety extremely seriously and we sincerely apologise for this matter. Our continued commitment to consumer care has driven our decision today to extend the voluntary recall,” the spokesperson said.
No other Ferrero or Kinder products are believed to have been affected.
It comes after about 63 people in the UK and 10 in Ireland, mostly young children, became infected with salmonella in an outbreak linked to the Kinder Surprise treats.
No deaths have been reported in the UK but most cases involved children aged five and under.
Investigations so far have been led by the UK Health Security Agency, Public Health Scotland, Public Health Wales and Public Health Agency Northern Ireland.
Europe’s health agency said on Wednesday it was also looking into dozens of suspected cases of salmonella linked with eating chocolate in at least nine countries including the UK, Germany, France and Belgium.