Full list of Kinder Surprise and other chocolates recalled by Ferrero over salmonella fears


Some Kinder Surprise batches have been recalled across Europe after being linked to illness in young people.

The chocolate egg products have been connected to more than 100 reported cases.

Here’s everything you need to know.

Why were they recalled?

The recall of Kinder products in the UK linked to a salmonella outbreak has been extended, as Europe’s health agency revealed it is investigating more than 100 reported cases in at least nine countries.

Ferrero – the maker of the chocolate treats with a toy inside – issued an extended recall in the UK on Wednesday to cover batches of Kinder Mini eggs, Kinder Schokobons chocolates, and its Easter-themed Kinder Egg Hunt Kits.

This comes after the company was forced to pull back its Kinder Surprise eggs on Monday after an investigation led by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) and other safety bodies found a link between reported cases of salmonella poisoning and the product.

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Other Ferrero products, aside from those listed, are not thought to be affected.

The UK’s Food Standards Agency said: “Ferrero is recalling the above products. Point of sale notices will be displayed in retail stores that are selling these products.

“These notices explain to customers why the products are being recalled and tell them what to do if they have bought the products.

“If you have bought the [listed] products do not eat them. Instead, please contact the Ferrero consumer careline on [email protected] or 0330 053 8943 UK or +44 (0)330 053 8943 Ireland to obtain a full refund.”

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Where are the recalls?

Product recalls have also been launched in Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland and Luxembourg, and the European Food Safety Authority said it was investigating 105 confirmed and 29 suspected cases, mostly among children under 10 years old.

Sixty-three of the cases are in the UK, according to the European regulator, which says the outbreak “is characterized by an unusually high proportion of children being hospitalized, some with severe clinical symptoms such as bloody diarrhoea”.

Which products have been recalled?

KinderSurprise
Pack size – 20g and 20g x 3
Best before – All dates up to and including 7 October 2022

KinderSurprise
Pack size – 100g
Best before – All dates from 20 April 2022 up to and including 21 August 2022

Kinder Mini eggs
Pack size – 75g
Best before – All dates from 20 April 2022 up to and including 21 August 2022

Kinder Egg Hunt Kit
Pack size – 150g
Best before – All dates from 20 April 2022 up to and including 21 August 2022

Kinder Schokobons
Pack size – 200g
Best before – All dates from 20 April 2022 up to and including 21 August 2022

What has been said?

A Ferrero spokesperson said: “Ferrero is co-operating with the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) and the Food Safety Authority of Ireland on a possible link to a number of reported cases of salmonella.​

“Although none of our Kinder products released to market have tested positive for salmonella, and we have received no consumer complaints, we are taking this extremely seriously as consumer care is our top priority.”

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Tina Potter, the FSA’s head of incidents, had said previously: “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.

“We know that these particular products are popular with young children, especially as Easter approaches, so we would urge parents and guardians of children to check if any products already in their home are affected by this recall.

“The food business involved has voluntarily carried out this product withdrawal and recall and we are working closely with them and their competent authorities to identify the precise cause of this outbreak.”

Dr Lesley Larkin of the UKHSA said: “We welcome the co-operation of Ferrero in instituting the recall and withdrawal of a number of confectionery products linked to an ongoing outbreak of salmonella in the UK.

“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.”


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