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Kinder products linked to salmonella outbreak still found on Scottish retailer shelves – symptoms of poisoning include diarrhoea, stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting and fever


By David G Scott

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A substantial number of Kinder confectionery products linked to food poisoning incidents have still been found available for sale in Scottish shops, local authorities have found.

These products should not be purchased or eaten and were recalled by Ferrero in early April, having been linked to an ongoing salmonella outbreak. A number of these cases have involved young children.

Stuart McAdam, Food Standards Scotland (FSS) head of incidents, urged small business owners to ensure that recalled Kinder products are removed.

Big Kinder Surprise egg.
Big Kinder Surprise egg.

“Investigations have found that some products previously recalled remain on retailer shelves. In addition, products intended for the European market only, that have been recalled by Ferrero in Europe, have been subsequently imported into the UK by UK importers not linked to Ferrero.

“While FSS continues to work closely with local authorities and Public Health Scotland, I would urge any small business owner to double check their stock to ensure recalled product isn’t available for sale.

“Any members of the public who have bought or spot recalled Kinder products on shelves or online are advised to raise the issue with the retailer and report the matter to their local authority so that action can be taken.”

Kinder Surprise Chocolate Eggs are a confection manufactured by Ferrero company and has the form of a chocolate egg containing a small toy.
Kinder Surprise Chocolate Eggs are a confection manufactured by Ferrero company and has the form of a chocolate egg containing a small toy.

Symptoms of salmonellosis typically resolve themselves within a few days and include diarrhoea, stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting and fever. However, symptoms can be more severe and lead to hospitalisation, especially in the very young and those with weakened immune systems. Anybody with concerns that they have symptoms of salmonellosis should contact their GP or call NHS 111.

Salmonella can be spread from person to person as well as from food, so anyone affected should adhere to good hygiene practices, such as washing hands thoroughly after using the bathroom and avoiding handling food for others where possible, if you have symptoms.

The full list of recalled products, including a selection of European labelled products, include:

  • Kinder Surprise:

- Pack size 20g, all best before dates up to and including 04 January 2023

- Pack size 20g x 3, all best before dates up to and including 04 January 2023

- Pack size 100g, all best before dates up to and including 21 August 2022

  • Kinder Mini Eggs (pack size 75g): All best before dates up to and including 21 August 2022
  • Kinder Egg Hunt Kit (pack size 150g): All best before dates up to and including 21 August 2022.
  • Kinder Schokobons (pack size 70g, 200g, 320): All best before dates up to and including 04 January 2023
  • Kinder Maxi Mix Peluche (pack size 133g): Best before date of 21 August 2022
  • Kinder Niespodzianka Maxi Lei (pack size 100g): Best before date of 21 August 2022
  • Ferrero Kinder Mix Geschenktüte (pack size 193g): Best before date of 21 August 2022
  • Ferrero Kinder Mix Bunte Mischung (pack size 132g): Best before date of 21 August 2022
  • Kinder Niespodzianka Maxi Uni BN (pack size 100g): Best before date of 21 August 2022
  • Kinder Surprise Geant Gar (pack size 100g): Best before date of 20 August 2022
  • Kinder Surprise Fille (pack size 100g): Best before date of 20 April 2022
  • Kinder Schokobons Sachet (pack size 125g and 200g): Best before date of 26 October 2022
  • Kinder Happy Moments (pack size 242g): Best before date of 21 August 2022
  • Kinder Happy Moment Ballotin 1 (all pack sizes): Best before date of 21 August 2022
  • Swieta Kinder Jajko Z Niespodzianka Maxi Uni Wn (pack size, 100g): Best before date of 21 August 2022
  • Swieta Kinder Maxi Mix Peluche Bn (pack size 133g): Best before date of 21 August 2022

Additional details of the products affected can be found in the product recall information notice on the FSS website at: www.food.gov.uk/news-alerts/alert/fsa-prin-22-2022

Related article:

Warning to not to eat certain Kinder products linked to a salmonella outbreak among young children


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