Say it isn’t so! Easter just won’t be the same without a little Kinder chocolate, but it looks like people are just going to have to make do without it. There’s a new report that says officials are warning parents not to give their kids Kinder Chocolate Surprises due to salmonella fears. Here’s what you need to know.
According to reports, a “Rapid Outbreak Assessment” released by the European Food Safety Authority and the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control said it had matched the same salmonella strain currently infecting people to samples taken from a factory in Belgium last December.
Kinder Surprise Chocolates Recalled Right Before Easter Over Salmonella Fears
A recall of certain Kinder chocolate products was extended to include all of those manufactured at the site since June, regardless of their best-before date. These include Kinder Surprise, Kinder Mini Eggs, Kinder Surprise 100g and Kinder Schokobons.
As of press time, there are 70 cases linked to this outbreak in the UK, with the majority of the cases in children under five.
Dame Jenny Harries, the chief executive of the UKHSA, said: “We’re reminding people of the recall this bank holiday weekend as it’s possible these products have been bought and stored as gifts, or for events such as Easter eggs hunts.”
She added, “It’s crucial these products are not eaten and are discarded. Salmonella infection can be severe and many children affected in this outbreak have been very unwell and hospitalized, so anyone giving chocolate products to friends or family should take extra care to ensure their Easter gifts are not amongst those products recalled.”
Emily Miles, the chief executive of the FSA, said: “As we go into the Easter weekend, we are strongly urging consumers to follow the advice in the latest recall notice and to check any Kinder products they might have already bought against the list detailed in the notice, as they may pose a risk to health.”
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