All Kinder Surprise, Kinder Surprise Maxi, Kinder Mini Eggs and Kinder Schokobons products have been recalled and a factory owned by Ferrero in Arlon, Belgium, that produces Kinder chocolate products has been ordered to close following links to dozens of salmonella cases. „The plant will only reopen once certified by the authorities,” the company said in a statement. More than 100 cases of salmonella, mostly affecting children, were reported in Europe, in the UK, Germany, France and Belgium.There are no confirmed cases in the U.S. In the U.S. the voluntary recall applies to BJ’s Wholesale Club stores and select Costco locations in California’s Bay Area and Northern Nevada, according to the Food and Drug Administration. Recall also applies to 14 Big Y Supermarket locations in Connecticut and Massachusetts, where the company said the products have been removed from stores.
Consumers who have purchased the recalled product should not eat the product and should contact the Ferrero customer service line at 1-800-688-3552. Kinder Joy, Kinder Bueno and other kinder produicts sold by Ferrero USA are not affected by this recall. Multiple Kinder products, including Kinder Eggs, were recalled in the United Kingdom and Canada for possible salmonella contamination. Belgian agriculture minister David Clarinval said in a statement: “Such a decision is never taken lightly, but the current circumstances make it necessary. The food security of our citizens can never be neglected.” Salmonella is a bacterial infection can be spread from person to person and can cause serious or severe illness in children or elderly people.It is a common bacterial disease that affects the intestinal tract. Infected people develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps within eight to 72 hours. Most healthy people recover within a few days without specific treatment.