Multi-country salmonella outbreak linked to Kinder egg products
he UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) is continuing to work with the Food Standards Agency (FSA), Food Standards Scotland (FSS), Public Health Scotland, Public Health Wales, Public Health Agency Northern Ireland – as well as international public health and food safety authorities – to investigate an ongoing outbreak of salmonella linked to certain Kinder products made in one of Ferrero’s factories, in Arlon, Belgium.
As of 21 April, there are 73 cases linked to this outbreak in the UK. The majority of the cases are children under 5 years of age.
In addition, As of 19 April 2022, 187 cases of salmonella (158 confirmed and 29 probable) have been reported in 11 EU/EEA countries (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden) and the UK. However, because molecular typing is not routinely performed in all countries, cases may go undetected.
FSS, FSA and UKHSA are strongly reminding people that a range of Kinder Egg products and Schoko-Bon’s should not be eaten. Full details on the products affected and the recall can be found here.
The outbreak has been traced back to a contaminated buttermilk tank at the Ferrero plant in Arlon, Belgium.
The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and EFSA have concluded that further investigations are needed at the production site to identify root cause, timing and possible factors behind the contamination, including the evaluation of the possibility of the wider use of contaminated raw material in other processing plants.
On 8 April 2022, the food authority in Belgium conducted official controls visit at the factory and withdrew the company’s authorisation for production, In addition, the company recalled all batches of products produced at the Arlon factory, regardless of their lot number or expiration date.
Symptoms of salmonellosis typically resolve themselves within a few days and include diarrhoea, stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting and fever. However, symptoms can be more severe and lead to hospitalisation, especially in the very young and those with weakened immune systems.