Kinder chocolate maker Ferrero has voluntarily recalled two products over concerns the candy could be contaminated with salmonella bacteria.
The products, Kinder Mix Chocolate Treats Basket and Kinder Happy Moments milk chocolate and crispy waffles, were manufactured in a facility in Belgium where salmonella has been found.
To date, no U.S. disease reports have been associated with the products, Ferrero said in his announcement published on Thursday on the Food and Drug Administration website. The European Food Safety Authority 134 Salmonella cases detected from January 7th to Tuesday, most of them in children under 10 years of age. The agency said that “certain chocolate products have been identified as a likely route of infection”.
The sweets are being recalled as many families stock up on treats less than a week before Easter.
“Ferrero deeply regrets this situation,” the company said. “We take food safety very seriously and every step we have taken has been guided by our commitment to consumer care. We will continue to work with the Food and Drug Administration to address this matter.”
Salmonella infections can cause fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain in healthy people, and lead to more serious cases in the very young, old, or immunocompromised.
The recalled Kinder Happy Moments ranges were sold at BJ’s Wholesale Club stores in the United States and Costco stories in the San Francisco Bay Area and northern Nevada. The batch codes of these batches – 48RUP334, 48RUP335, 48RUP336 and 48RUP337 – can be found on the back. The products have an expiration date of July 18, 2022.
The recalled Kinder Mix baskets were sold at 14 Big Y supermarkets in Connecticut and Massachusetts. You can find your lot number, 03L 018AR — 306, on the bottom of the box. The items have an expiration date of July 30, 2022.
Ferrero has also recalled children’s products in Ireland, Spain and the United Kingdom.
“The FDA is aware of the recall in the EU market and we are analyzing shipping data to determine if the affected product was imported into the United States. We are unable to provide further details at this time,” an FDA spokesman said. “When a company announces a recall, market withdrawal, or safety warning, the FDA releases the company’s announcement as a public service.”
The Belgian Food Safety Authority last week ordered the temporary closure of the affected Ferrero manufacturing facility in Arlon. In addition, all Kinder products produced there were recalled, including Kinder Surprise, Kinder Surprise Maxi, Kinder Mini Eggs and Kinder Schokobons.