Food safety authorities are investigating 125 cases of salmonella food poisoning that have been reported in several European countries, which point to potentially contaminated chocolate eggs made at a Ferrero factory in Belgium, officials said.
“The Commission indeed confirms that it is closely following the Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak currently taking place in several EU Member States and the UK,” EU spokesman Stefan De Keersmaecker told POLITICO in an email, adding : “Withdrawal and recall of suspect lots are ongoing.”
“Epidemiological and analytical evidence points to a facility producing chocolate products in Arlon, Belgium,” he added. That is the position a Ferrero factory.
The 125 cases are spread across France, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Ireland and Sweden BBC coverage 63 cases in the UK alone, mostly in young children.
Britain’s Food Standards Agency made a direct link to Ferrero on Monday, to announce It is urging the company to recall some Kinder Surprise products over the “possible presence” of salmonella. “Only Kinder Surprise products made in Belgium are affected,” it said on its website. Ferrero has announced it withdraws the products in question.
In Ireland, where there have been 10 cases, the Food Safety Authority (FSAI) announced on Saturday it would recall children’s products. FSAI Chief Executive Pamela Byrne wrote: “As we approach Easter we would urge parents and guardians to check at home if they have any of the products and if so to ensure none are eaten.”
Four cases have been reported in Sweden since January, all in children who had eaten children’s products, a Swedish official said. They added that Swedish authorities are investigating the origin of the outbreak.
The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control held a meeting with national officials on Monday to coordinate action. A spokesman for the other EU agency responsible, the European Food Safety Authority, said they were “aware” of the situation.
Ferrero has not responded to POLITICO’s request for comment as of the time of publication. The Italian food giant told the BBC that none of its products for sale have tested positive for salmonella.
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