Popular Easter chocolates pulled from shelves amid salmonella scares
With Easter just days away, batches of Kinder Surprise eggs are being pulled from UK store shelves due to a salmonella scare affecting young children, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) confirmed. In an alert, the FSA said: “This is linked to a potential link to an outbreak of salmonella. A number of these cases were in young children.
A treat for youngsters at any time of year, but especially at Easter, the Kinder Surprise is a milk chocolate egg surrounding a yellow plastic capsule with a small toy inside. Investigations by the UK Health Safety Agency (UKHSA), Public Health Scotland, Public Health Wales and Public Health Agency Northern Ireland have linked reported cases of salmonella poisoning in the UK to Kinder eggs .
Some 57 people, mostly young children, have been identified as infected with egg-related salmonella. No deaths have been reported, but around 77% of cases are in children aged five and under.
The affected products are 20g eggs or packs of three eggs with an expiry date between July 11 and October 7, 2022. Manufacturer Ferrero said that, as a precaution, the eggs were being recalled and, if purchased, should not be consumed.
The FSA said the eggs were all made in the same factory. Other Ferrero products are not affected. Ferrero says it is taking the “precautionary measure” of recalling selected batches and only eggs made in Belgium are affected.
Symptoms of salmonella include diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, and fever. While most cases resolve within a few days, symptoms can be severe and lead to hospitalization, especially in the very young and those with weakened immune systems.
Tina Potter, Incident Manager at the FSA, said: “We welcome the precautionary approach taken by Ferrero and advise consumers not to consume any of the products listed in the FSA alert. It is really important that consumers follow these tips to avoid the risk of contracting salmonella poisoning.
“We know these particular products are popular with young children, particularly in the run up to Easter, so we urge parents and guardians of children to check if any products already in their homes are affected by this recall.
UKHSA’s Dr Lesley Larkin said: “Anyone who is concerned that they are showing symptoms of salmonellosis should contact their GP or call NHS 111. Salmonella can be passed from person to person, so any affected person should follow good hygiene practices such as washing hands thoroughly after using the bathroom and avoiding handling food for others whenever possible, if you have symptoms.
- Anyone who purchased the eggs within the specified date range can contact Ferrero customer services at [email protected] or by calling 0330 053 8943 for a full refund.