HEALTH AUTHORITIES in Ireland have urged all parents and carers of young children to “check and ensure they do not have Kinder Egg products at home” amid a possible link to Salmonella.
ith just a week before Easter, the manufacturer of the popular children’s chocolate series recalled other products.
It comes as five new cases of salmonella have been detected in Ireland, bringing the total to date of 15.
The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has issued an extended food alert regarding the recall of all Kinder products, advising consumers that these products should not be consumed.
This latest warning from the FSAI includes the recall of all children’s products, regardless of the best before date. Those products have been linked to a widespread outbreak of salmonellosis, mostly affecting children, the HSE-HPSC said in a statement.
HSE, HPSC and FSAI have worked closely with UK authorities to investigate an outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium. The Irish outbreak is part of a larger outbreak involving the UK and a number of other European countries.
The vast majority of those who became ill said they had eaten Ferrero children’s products in the days before they became ill.
Belgian health authorities today ordered Italian confectionery group Ferrero to halt production at its plant in Belgium after investigating dozens of cases of salmonella linked to the company’s Kinder chocolates.
Ferrero, which recalled several batches of Kinder Surprise chocolate eggs and other products in a number of countries, said other Kinder products made at the Arlon site had also been recalled. The company has not explicitly linked the recall to the salmonella cases.
However, the Belgian food safety agency AFSCA-FAVV said a link between more than a hundred cases of salmonella over several weeks and Ferrero production in southern Belgium had been confirmed.
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.
According to Ferrero, the Arlon plant accounts for around 7 percent of the total global volume of children’s products.
The Belgian agency said the decision to halt production there was made after concluding that Ferrero’s information was incomplete. The suspension would only be lifted once it had been demonstrated that the facility was in compliance with all food safety regulations.
The agency urged consumers not to eat any of the recalled products, including Kinder Surprise, Kinder Surprise Maxi, Kinder Mini Eggs and Kinder Chocobons.
Evidence gathered during the outbreak in Ireland and elsewhere has been used to guide investigations to identify products that could be linked to this outbreak.
dr Paul McKeown, Public Health Medicine Specialist at HSE-HPSC said: “Although these products were quickly recalled, we may see a number of other cases associated with this outbreak.
“However, the likelihood of a single child becoming ill from the consumption of this product is extremely small. Only a very small percentage of 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.”
“The FSAI has online images of the affected products. If you have bought any of these products, do not eat them or give them away for Easter. Instead, please contact the Ferrero Consumer Careline on +44 (0)330 053 8943 or email Consumers.email@example.com.”
The FSAI said an investigation into a “salmonella foodborne illness outbreak” affecting Ireland, the UK and a number of other European countries is ongoing.
“So far there have been 15 cases in Ireland with the same strain of Salmonella that caused the UK outbreak. A number of these Irish cases have involved young children,” the FSAI said in a statement.
“The FSAI is warning consumers who may have the recalled products in their homes not to eat them.”
Earlier this week, FSAI Executive Director Dr. Pamela Byrne advised the public not to eat the affected products.
“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,” she said.
“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.”
https://www.independent.ie/news/check-and-make-sure-you-do-not-have-kinder-egg-products-at-home-stark-health-warning-amid-salmonella-outbreak-a-week-before-easter-41534957.html Kinder Egg recall over salmonella outbreak: Strong health warning a week before Easter says ‘make sure you don’t have Kinder Egg products at home’