Confectioner Ferrero has now expanded its recall to include some Christmas items due to a possible link to salmonella cases. This includes special surprise eggs and advent calendars, each with a better date before April 20, 2022, as evidenced by an overview published yesterday on the Lebensmittelwarning.de portal.
Only Bavaria, Berlin, Hesse, Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein are affected by the recall extension, according to the portal operated by the Federal Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety and the federal states.
According to Ferrero, select groups of “kids” products made in Belgium will be affected by the recall. It relates to “the possibility of contact with a number of reported cases of salmonella”. Although none of its “kids” products have tested positive for salmonella, Ferrero takes it seriously, “because consumer protection is our top priority.”
Easter items have been recalled in many countries
Ferrero had previously recalled a number of “baby” products, including several Easter products. In addition to Germany, several other countries are affected by the recall, including Austria and even Australia.
In Europe, the European Union Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Union Health Authority (ECDC) have started investigations. Authorities reported 105 confirmed cases of salmonella and 29 suspected cases on Wednesday, mostly in children under the age of 10. Some chocolate products have been identified as a potential route of infection.