Shortly before Easter, the Ferrero confectionery group in Europe recalled certain children’s products, including surprise eggs, on suspicion of salmonella. The recall affected certain batches that were manufactured in a factory in Arlon, Belgium and sold in France, Belgium, Great Britain, Germany, Sweden and the Netherlands, the Italian Ferrero group said on Tuesday.
To date, several cases of Salmonella have been reported in France and the UK which may be linked to certain batches of children’s products.
Great Britain reported 63 infections, the British health authorities told the AFP news agency on Tuesday. On the French side, 21 infected people were registered, 15 of whom said they had eaten the affected children’s products, the authorities said.
Ferrero said it is working with authorities over a “possible link to reported cases of salmonella” in chocolate made in Belgium. It was a “voluntary” recall of a number of products manufactured in Belgium, it said on Monday evening.
The recalls include Kinder Surprise eggs, chocolate bons and mini eggs with different best-before dates until October.
In Belgium, the Food Chain Safety Authority (FASFC) called on consumers not to consume these products “following a series of reported outbreaks of salmonella in various EU Member States”. (AFP)