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Nine European countries are affected by salmonellosis infections linked to the ingestion of Kinder chocolate. What does the poll say? How many cases have been reported in France to date?
An open investigation
Following reported cases of salmonellosis after consuming Kinder chocolates, an investigation was opened to find the location of these infections. On April 12, EFSA, the European Food Safety Authority together with ECDC, the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control “identified chocolate products made by a company at its Belgian manufacturing facility as the source of the salmonella outbreak“.
The track of the Belgian Kinder factory therefore seems to be confirmed, a few days after the closure of the chocolate factory in Arlon, Belgium.
No deaths reported to date
An epidemic of salmonellosis, a disease caused by a bacterium, is raging in several European countries following the consumption of Kinder chocolate produced in this factory in Belgium. Salmonellosis presents with signs similar to those of gastroenteritis, namely diarrhea, abdominal cramps or even mild fever, which are sometimes accompanied by vomiting. Fortunately, no deaths have been reported to date.
According to European health agencies, 150 cases related to the Belgian epidemic have been declared, “mainly in children under 10 years old”And in nine European countries, including Germany, Belgium, Spain, Ireland, Luxembourg, Norway, the Netherlands and Sweden.
According to the report by Public Health France, 21 cases of salmonellosis spread throughout France have been confirmed. Between them :
- 8 were hospitalized;
- everything went home.
The mean age of the young patients was 4 years.
Symptoms of a salmonella infection
In general, a salmonella infection causes intestinal upset such as abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and fever. These signs can appear within 48 and 72 hours after consuming the contaminated products. They can be more severe in young children, immunocompromised people, pregnant women, and the elderly.
In case of contamination, it is strongly recommended to consult a doctor as soon as possible.
The list of affected lots
All the products of the Kinder line of the Ferrero production site in Arlon are affected, regardless of their expiration date:
- Kinder Surprise 20 g (from one, three, four and six) and 100 g;
- 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 mix of hazelnuts, cocoa, milk and Kinder Mini Eggs mix;
- Kinder Mix: Bag 193g, Basket 150g, Plush 133g, Bucket 198g, Car 125g.
Persons who hold these products are requested not to consume them and to throw them away.
#Communication | ⚠️ Reminder of all the products of the Kinder range of the Ferrero d’Arlon production site. Persons in possession of these products are requested not to consume them and to throw them away.⚠️ ⬇️
– Ministry of Solidarity and Health 🇫🇷 🇪🇺 (@Sante_Gouv) April 8, 2022