A recall of Kinder Surprise eggs have now been extended to more products, which include, Kinder Mini Eggs and Kinder Egg Hunt Kits, over fears that they might be contaminated with salmonella, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has said.
The extended recall follows the 20g eggs or the three-pack of eggs with a best before date between July 11 2022 and October 7 2022 being recalled earlier this week.
As a result, 63 people in the UK, mostly young children, are known to have infected with salmonella in the outbreak linked to the chocolate, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) revealed.
The recall now applies to 20g eggs or three-packs of the eggs with a best before date of all dates up to and including October 7 2022, 100g Kinder Surprise packs with a best before date between April 20 2022 and August 21 2022, Kinder Mini eggs 75g packs with a best before date between April 20 and August 21 2022, and Kinder Egg Hunt Kits 150g with best before dates from April 21 to August 21 2022.
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Kinder Schokobons 200g with a best before date of April 20 to August 21 2022 have also been recalled.
Kinder’s parent company Ferrero is recalling the batches because of the possible presence of salmonella, the FSA said.
Ferrero said in a statement: “The company continues to co-operate with the UK Food Standards Agency, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland and Food Standards Scotland in relation to a number of reported cases of salmonella. Although no Kinder products released to market have tested positive for salmonella, we are taking this extremely seriously.
“While the situation remains the same, we are fully aware that Easter is approaching, where we see an increase in sales of these products and therefore, as an additional precautionary measure, today we have decided to voluntarily recall the products listed above due to these additional products having been manufactured in the same facility in Belgium, within the same time frame.”
It added: “We are working with retailers to ensure that these products are no longer available for purchase and are asking consumers, who have one of these listed products with the above best before dates, to please keep the product and contact our consumer care team on [email protected] or [email protected]”
The company also stressed that no other Ferrero and Kinder products are affected by this voluntary recall.
Ferrero concluded: “The company takes food safety extremely seriously and we sincerely apologise for this matter. Our continued commitment to consumer care has driven our decision today to extend the voluntary recall.”
FSA head of incidents Tina Potter said: “We welcome the precautionary approach being taken by Ferrero and are advising consumers not to eat any of the products listed in the FSA alert. It is really important that consumers follow this advice to avoid the risk of becoming ill with salmonella poisoning.