Charlotte Wingfield says her little girl Brooklyn-Mai has been ‘so poorly’ as Kinder warns people not to eat its products amid an outbreak of salmonella cases linked to their chocolate treats
A mum told how her three-year-old daughter was left looking “dead behind the eyes” after she claims she contracted Salmonella from eating a Kinder Surprise chocolate egg.
Charlotte Wingfield shared photos of her little girl Brooklyn-Mai whose temperature spiked to 39c because of the food poisoning.
It comes as Kinder issued warnings to people who had bought any of its products not to eat them and the company’s chocolate factory in Belgium has been ordered to close.
Ms Wingfield said in her Facebook post, which has since been shared more than 500 times, that Brooklyn-Mai had never been so poorly in her life, reports Hull Live.
“Brooklyn-Mai has been so so poorly since I picked her up from nursery on Monday. Seeing as I was so ill last week, I thought nothing of it than her just coming down with the tummy bug I had until she slept for 21 out of the following 24 hours and then kept falling asleep as she was doing things.
“Her temperature spiked to over 39° and I struggled to disturb her. I knew something wasn’t right and spoke to the gp who ran through a list of what it could be.
“I came off the phone thinking she had a viral bug. Fast forward three days and it’s been confirmed she has salmonella from the Kinder chocolate she ate on Sunday.”
Ms Wingfield said that in the space of 96 hours, little Brooklyn-Mai had been awake for just 12 to 14 of them and when she was awake, it was like she wasn’t really there at all.
“She’s been completely dead behind the eyes and so lifeless, it’s been absolutely heartbreaking to see my usually fiery, adventurous and very active baby girl be the complete opposite of everything she usually is,” she said.
Chocolate firm Ferrero said it is suspending operations at its plant in Arlon, which it said will only reopen “once certified by the authorities”.
Ferrero said it acknowledged “internal inefficiencies, creating delays in retrieving and sharing information in a timely manner” and said these had “impacted the speed and effectiveness of the investigations”.
The widening of the recall to include all Kinder products manufactured at the site between June and the present date was announced by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) on Friday night. The previous recall only covered products with best-before dates up to October 7, 2022.
The FSA, which is continuing to investigate an outbreak of salmonella cases linked to Kinder products, said the new update means all the products in the recall notice, no matter what the best-before date is, should not be eaten. The recall is related to the same products – Kinder Surprise, Kinder Mini Eggs, Kinder Surprise 100g and Kinder Schokobons – announced earlier in the week.
The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said on Wednesday that 63 people in the UK, mostly young children, are known to have been infected with salmonella in the outbreak linked to the treats.