Kinder recall: batches of chocolate Ferrero have pulled in UK

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Ferrero is expanding its recall of Kinder chocolate products made at its Arlon plant in Belgium amid fears they may be contaminated with salmonella

Several major supermarkets are urgently recalling a wide range of children’s products over fears they may be contaminated with salmonella.

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Ferrero issued a recall on some of its Kinder chocolates last month, but it has now been extended to all products made at the Arlon factory in Belgium.

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Investigations have revealed that some items intended only for the European market, which have already been recalled by Ferrero in Europe, were imported into the UK by UK importers not affiliated with Ferrero.

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Customers who have purchased any of the affected products are advised not to consume them. Instead, they should be returned to the store where they were purchased for a full refund.

Which batches are affected?

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The following Kinder chocolates are being recalled by the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) due to possible Salmonella contamination.

Kids Maxi Mix Peluche

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  • Pack size: 133g
  • Best before: August 21, 2022

Children Niespodzianka Maxi Lei

  • Pack size: 100g
  • Best before: August 21, 2022

Ferrero kids mix gift bag

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  • Pack size: 193g
  • Best before: August 21, 2022

Ferrero Kids Mix Colorful mix

  • Pack size: 132g
  • Best before: August 21, 2022

Children Niespodzianka Maxi Uni BN

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  • Pack size: 100g
  • Best before: August 21, 2022

Kinder Surprise Geant Gar

  • Pack size: 100g
  • Best before: August 20, 2022

Kinder Surprise Fille

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  • Pack size: 100g
  • Best before: April 20, 2022

Children’s chocolate bons sachet

  • Pack size: 125g and 200g
  • Best before October 26, 2022

Child happy moments

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  • Pack size: 242g
  • Best before: August 21, 2022

Kids Happy Moment Choice 1

  • Pack Size: All
  • Best before: August 21, 2022

Swieta Kinder Jajko Z Niespodzianka Maxi Uni Wn

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  • Pack size: 100g
  • Best before: August 21, 2022

Swieta Kids Maxi Mix Peluche Bn

  • Pack size: 133g
  • Best before: August 21, 2022

This list was issued by the FSA on 7th May and comes on top of an earlier recall issued last month for other children’s products listed below.

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child surprise

  • Pack size: 20g
  • MHD: All dates up to and including January 4th, 2023

child surprise

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  • Pack size: 20gx 3-pack
  • MHD: All dates up to and including January 4th, 2023

child surprise

  • Pack size: 100g
  • MHD: All dates up to and including August 21, 2022

Children mini eggs

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  • Pack size: 75g
  • MHD: All dates up to and including August 21, 2022

Kids Egg Hunt Kit

  • Pack size: 150g
  • MHD: All dates up to and including August 21, 2022

Children’s chocolate candies

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  • Pack size: 70g, 200g and 320g
  • MHD: All dates up to and including January 4th, 2023

Anyone who has purchased any of the affected lots should contact the Ferrero Consumer Helpline [email protected] or 0330 053 8943 for a full refund.

The FSA said the eggs were all made at the same factory and it is believed no other Ferrero products were affected.

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What did Ferrero say?

Ferrero said it is ceasing operations at its Arlon plant, which it will not reopen until “once it has been certified by the authorities.”

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Ferrero said it had “acknowledged internal inefficiencies that caused delays in timely retrieval and sharing of information,” saying these had “impacted the speed and effectiveness of investigations.”

The company said it “deeply regrets” what happened and apologized to consumers and business partners.

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The Arlon plant accounts for around 7% of the total amount of children’s products manufactured worldwide each year, Ferrero said.

A spokesman added: “Food safety, quality and consumer protection have been at the heart of Ferrero since the company was founded.

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“This serious event goes to the heart of what we stand for and we will take whatever steps are necessary to maintain the full confidence of our consumers.”

Tina Potter, Head of Incidents at the FSA, added: “Consumers should follow the advice in the latest recall notice, which details any products that may pose a risk.

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“We have stressed to the companies and the authorities in Belgium the importance of being as precautionary as possible with their recall and trust that they will continue to put the needs of consumers first in whatever action they take will.

“We continue to work closely with UK and international partners, including the UK Health Security Agency and Food Standards Scotland, to determine how this outbreak began and to ensure that all necessary steps have been taken to prevent further disease.”

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What are the symptoms of salmonella poisoning?

If you eat food contaminated with Salmonella, you will begin to feel unwell within about 12 to 36 hours afterwards.

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Typical symptoms are:

  • Fever
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach cramps
  • nausea and vomiting
  • General malaise, such as B. tiredness or pain and chills

Most cases usually resolve within a few days, but symptoms can be severe and result in hospitalization, particularly in the very young and those with compromised immune systems.

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dr Lesley Larkin, a head of surveillance at the UKHSA, said: “Anyone who has concerns they have symptoms of salmonellosis should contact their GP or call NHS 111.

“Salmonella can be transmitted from person to person, so all those affected should follow good hygiene practices, such as: E.g. washing your hands thoroughly after using the toilet and avoiding touching food for others if you have symptoms.”

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