Chocolate company Kinder has recalled a number of its candy products due to the presence of possible salmonella contamination. It was not immediately clear whether this recall will impact products sold in the US.
The Kinder company creates the popular Kinder Surprise Egg product. It has been illegal in the US for decades due to the presence of small toy components within the chocolate shell.
Read on for more information regarding the recall and what you should do if you’ve purchased any affected products.
The recall is currently in effect for Kinder products sold in Canada and parts of Europe. Ferrero, the company that owns Kinder, has not confirmed whether any American products have been recalled as of the time of this writing.
Currently, the recall impacts a number of products produced at one of Kinder’s facilities in Belgium. These candy items include certain batches of Kinder Surprise, Kinder Surprise Maxi 100g, Kinder Mini Eggs, and Kinder Schoko-Bons. Kinder sells these items in the EU and Canada.
“We deeply regret this matter and would like to thank authorities for the ongoing collaboration and recommendations,” Ferrero told reporters in an official statement. “We take food safety extremely seriously and every step we have taken has been guided by our commitment to consumer care.”
Ferrero says it initiated the recall after it detected the presence of salmonella in some of its products. This salmonella contamination was traced back to a filter in one of its Belgian facilities.
That filter reportedly fed into two raw material tanks, meaning that components on their way to being finished candy products may have passed through the contaminated screen. The filter has been identified and replaced.
The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control has reported at least 134 illnesses relating to this outbreak. Most of these cases have occurred in children under 10.
Salmonella infections can be unpleasant in otherwise healthy adults. However, they can be deadly in young children, older people, and those with compromised immune systems.
If you live in the EU or Canada and have recently purchased a Kinder product, check the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control website or the official recall report from the Canadian government to see if your purchase has been recalled. If it has, you should return the item to the retailer you bought it from to receive a full refund. If you can’t return the item, simply discard it in a safe receptacle.