Kinder chocolate maker Ferrero voluntarily recalled two products due to concerns that the candy could be contaminated with salmonella bacteria.
The products, Kinder Mix Chocolate Treats Basket and Kinder Happy Moments Milk Chocolate and Crispy Wafers Assortment, were made in a factory in Belgium where salmonella was detected.
So far, no U.S. disease reports have been linked to the products, Ferrero said in its announcement, which was posted Thursday on the Food and Drug Administration‘s website. The European Food Safety Authority detected 134 cases of salmonella from January 7 to Tuesday, most of them in children under 10 years old. The agency said “specific chocolate products have been identified as the likely route of infection.”
The sweets are being recalled because many families stock up on the sweets less than a week before Easter.
“Ferrero deeply regrets this situation,” the company said. “We take food safety very seriously and every action we have taken has been guided by our commitment to consumer care. We will continue to work cooperatively with the Food and Drug Administration to address this issue.”
Salmonella infections can cause fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain in healthy people, and they can lead to more severe cases in very young, elderly, or immunocompromised people.
The recalled Kinder Happy Moments assortments were sold at BJ’s Wholesale Club stores across the United States and at Costco stores in the San Francisco Bay Area and northern Nevada. The lot codes for these lots – 48RUP334, 48RUP335, 48RUP336 and 48RUP337 – can be found on the rear panel. The products have an expiration date of July 18, 2022.
The recalled Kinder Mix baskets were sold at 14 Big Y Supermarket stores in Connecticut and Massachusetts. Their batch code, 03L 018AR – 306, can be found at the bottom of the packaging. Items have an expiration date of July 30, 2022.
Ferrero has also recalled Kinder products in Ireland, Spain and the UK.
“FDA is aware of the EU market recall and we are analyzing shipment data to determine if the affected product was imported into the United States. At this time, we have no further details. to be provided,” an FDA spokesperson said. “When a company announces a recall, market withdrawal, or safety alert, the FDA releases the company’s announcement as a public service.”
The Belgian food safety authority ordered the temporary closure of the Ferrero factory in question, in Arlon, last week. It also recalled all Kinder products made there, including Kinder Surprise, Kinder Surprise Maxi, Kinder Mini Eggs and Kinder Schokobons.