Kinder Egg Recall: Everything You Need to Know About the Kinder Surprise Recall Due to Salmonella Fears


The public have been warned to check if they have Kinder chocolate at home before Easter following a salmonella outbreak linked to certain Kinder products.

Health authorities in Belgium have ordered children’s manufacturer Fererro to halt production following the outbreak in Ireland, the UK and Europe.

Which products are affected?

The products that have been recalled for all best before dates as part of Ireland’s latest alert are as follows:

  • Children’s surprise (20g)
  • Children’s surprise (20 gx 3)
  • Kinder Mini Eggs (75g)
  • Kids Egg Hunt Kit (150g)
  • Children’s surprise (100g)
  • Children’s chocolate bons (all pack sizes)

What are the symptoms of salmonella poisoning?

People infected with Salmonella typically develop symptoms between 12 and 36 hours after infection, but this can take anywhere from six to 72 hours.

The most common symptom is diarrhea, which can sometimes be bloody.

Other symptoms may include fever, headache, and abdominal cramps. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days.

Diarrhea can occasionally be severe enough to require hospitalization. Elderly people, infants, and people with weakened immune systems are more likely to have more severe disease.

What to do if you or your child get sick?

dr Paul McKeown, Specialist in Public Health Medicine at the HSE-HPSC, said: “The likelihood of an individual child becoming ill from the consumption of this product is extremely remote. Only a very small percentage of the children who have eaten this product in the past few weeks have developed a salmonella infection.

“The symptoms of salmonella infection in children (nausea and vomiting, abdominal cramps, diarrhea) are mild in most cases and can be treated at home.”

He continued, “If your child develops more worrying symptoms, such as You should seek medical advice from your family doctor. It is important to remember that the majority of children who develop vomiting and diarrhea are unlikely to have a salmonella infection and are more likely to have a simple viral abdominal upset that is easily treated with acetaminophen and oral fluids.”

What consumer rights do I have?

The FSAI is warning consumers who may have any of the affected products at home not to eat them.

“We know that many of these children’s products are very popular at this time of year with Easter approaching. We urge consumers to check at home if they have any of the products and if so, to ensure they are not eaten,” the FSAI said.

Anyone with the products in their home is urged to contact Ferrero on or 0330 053 8943 (UK).

Or contact or +44 (0)330 053 8943 (Ireland) for a full refund.

Alternatively, some retailers, including Tesco, are encouraging customers to return items in-store. According to Tesco, no receipt is required for the refund.

A spokesman for the Consumers’ Association of Ireland said: ‘When the consumer buys an item, they are entering into a contract with the seller. If something goes wrong, they are entitled to a refund. The problem is that proof of purchase is also required, which can cause difficulties. A bank statement can do the trick, but it can take time.”

How widespread is the outbreak?

The outbreak was first identified following an investigation by UK health authorities and the Irish Health Protection Surveillance Center of the HSE (HPSC).

On Saturday 2nd April the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) did just that the first recall of Kinder Surprise productsafter 10 cases of salmonella were detected in Ireland.

However, the recall has been extended to other products regardless of best before date, with 15 cases of salmonella reported in Ireland to date.

The FSAI, together with the HPSC, launched an investigation into the foodborne illness outbreak affecting Ireland, the UK and a number of other European countries.

It said the cases reported in Ireland were of the same strain of Salmonella that caused the UK outbreak and that a number of the Irish cases were in young children, all of whom had made a full recovery.

On Wednesday, the European health agency said it was investigating dozens of reported and suspected cases of salmonella linked to chocolate consumption in at least nine countries, mainly in children under the age of 10.

Belgium has also instructed Ferrero to close its production facility there. Kinder Egg Recall: Everything You Need to Know About the Kinder Surprise Recall Due to Salmonella Fears

Fry Electronics Team

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