Ferrero is recalling some children’s chocolate products over salmonella concerns

Ferrero is voluntary recall two Children’s chocolate products about concerns about possible salmonella contamination.

Kinder’s Happy Moments line of chocolate and crispy waffles was sold at Costco in the Bay Area and northern Nevada, and at BJ’s Wholesale Club stores nationwide. The 14.1 ounce boxes have an expiration date of July 18, 2022. The product’s UPC code is 0980052025 and the batch codes are 48RUP334, 48RUP335, 48RUP336, and 48RUP337.

Meanwhile, the Kinder’s Mix Chocolate Treats basket has been sold at 14 Big Y supermarket locations in Connecticut and Massachusetts. The 5.3 ounce baskets have a best before date of July 30, 2022. The product’s UPC code is 0980060209 and its lot code is 03L018AR – 306.

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According to the Food and Drug Administrationthe recalled products were manufactured in a facility where Salmonella Typhimurium was detected.

While no cases have been reported in the United States, some consumers in Europe have reported contracting salmonella after consuming products made at the same facility.

“Ferrero deeply regrets this situation. We take food safety very seriously and every step we’ve taken has been guided by our commitment to consumer care,” the company said in a statement. “We will continue to work with the Food and Drug Administration to address this matter.”

Consumers who have purchased the recalled children’s products should not eat them. You can either contact Ferrero Customer Service at 1-800-688-3552 or Visit the company’s website to receive a product refund.

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From Friday, at least 142 salmonella cases have been reported to the European Centers for Disease Prevention and Control and the European Food Safety Authority, mainly in children under 10 years of age.

There are at least 65 confirmed cases in the UK, 25 cases in France, 10 cases in Ireland, 4 cases in Germany, 4 cases in Sweden, 2 cases in the Netherlands, 1 case in Luxembourg and 1 case in Norway. Countries have all issued similar recalls.

Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, the frail or elderly, and others with compromised immune systems. Persons infected with Salmonella often suffer from fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare cases, after entering the bloodstream, Salmonella infection can lead to more serious conditions such as arterial infections, endocarditis, and arthritis.

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