Kinder Surprise recall widened over food poisoning fears

A recall of Kinder Surprise eggs has been extended to more products, including Kinder Mini Eggs and Kinder Egg Hunt Kits because they might be contaminated with salmonella, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) said.

The extended recall follows the 20g eggs or the three-pack of eggs with a best before date between July 11 2022 and October 7 2022 being recalled on Monday.

The UK Health Security Agency said 63 people in the UK, mostly young children, are known to have infected with salmonella in the outbreak linked to the treats. No deaths have been reported.

The recall now applies to:

  • 20g eggs or three-packs of the eggs with a best before date of all dates up to and including October 7
  • 100g Kinder Surprise packs with a best before date between April 20 and August 21
  • Kinder Mini eggs 75g packs with a best-before date between April 20 and August 21
  • Kinder Egg Hunt Kits 150g with best before dates from April 21 to August 21
  • Kinder Schokobons 200g with a best before date of April 20 to August 21

Ferrero, which makes the products, is recalling the batches because of the possible presence of salmonella, the FSA said.

Ferrero said it had decided to recall more products because they had been made in the same factory in Belgium in the same time frame.

“We are working with retailers to ensure that these products are no longer available for purchase and are asking consumers, who have one of these listed products with the above best before dates, to please keep the product and contact our consumer care team. No other Ferrero and Kinder products are affected by this voluntary recall,” the company said.

Tina Potter of the FSA said it had taken action along with local authorities and authorities in Belgium to minimise any risk.

“We welcome the precautionary approach being taken by Ferrero and are advising consumers not to eat any of the products listed in the FSA alert. It is really important that consumers follow this advice to avoid the risk of becoming ill with salmonella poisoning,” she said.

Dr Lesley Larkin of the Health Security Agency said: “Symptoms of salmonellosis typically resolve themselves within a few days. However, symptoms can be more severe, especially in young children and those with weakened immune systems. Anybody with concerns that they have symptoms of salmonellosis should contact their GP or call NHS 111.

“Salmonella can be spread from person to person, so anyone affected should adhere to good hygiene practice such as washing hands thoroughly after using the bathroom and avoiding handling food for others where possible, if you have symptoms.”

Anyone who has bought products with those use-by dates can contact Ferrero on consumers.uk@ferrero.com or 0330 053 8943 for a full refund.

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