Ferrero has extended its recall of Kinder Surprise chocolate products due to an outbreak of Salmonella, according to the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI).
The FSAI, together with the HSE’s Health Protection Monitoring Centre, is investigating this ongoing food poisoning outbreak which is affecting Ireland, the UK and a number of other European countries.
To date, there have been ten cases in Ireland with the same strain of Salmonella responsible for the outbreak in the UK. A number of Irish cases have involved young children, all of whom have fully recovered.
The food recall issued on Saturday March 2 by Ferrero originally applied to Kinder Surprise 20g and Kinder Surprise 20g multi-pack products with an expiry date between July 11, 2022 and October 7, 2022.
The recall has now been extended to include Kinder Mini Eggs, Kinder Egg Hunt Kit, Kinder Surprise 100g and Kinder Schokobons with expiration dates between April 20, 2022 and August 21, 2022.
Dr Pamela Byrne, chief executive of the FSAI, has warned consumers not to eat the products included in the food recall.
“If anyone has the affected product at home, we advise them not to eat it. We know that these particular Kinder Surprise products are popular with young children.
“As we are approaching Easter, we urge parents and guardians to check at home to see if they have any of the produce and, if so, to ensure none are eaten.
“We have ten cases of Salmonella food poisoning in Ireland linked to these products. The most common symptom of Salmonella food poisoning is diarrhoea, which can sometimes be bloody. Other symptoms can include fever, headaches and abdominal cramps.
Retailers are urged to remove the affected lots from sale and post a point-of-sale recall notice in stores where the affected lots were sold.