Kinder Eggs and other chocolates are recalled due to a salmonella

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Kinder Eggs and Other Chocolates Are Recalled Due to a Salmonella Outbreak

A new outbreak of salmonella in Europe has led to the recall of Kinder Eggs and other chocolate products. France‚ the Netherlands‚ Belgium‚ and Norway have confirmed 105 cases and 29 probable cases of monophasic Salmonella Typhimurium. This outbreak has spread to other European countries. As of March 31‚ EFSA and the ECDC are still assessing other data from the affected countries. They will publish their assessment of the outbreak in the coming weeks.

105 confirmed and 29 probable monophasic Salmonella Typhimurium infections

A recent outbreak of monophasic Salmonella Typhimuriium has been linked to Kinder Eggs and other chocolates. The outbreak has primarily affected children and young people‚ with 105 confirmed cases and 29 probable cases reported in eight countries. According to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control and the European Food Safety Authority‚ the outbreak has been linked to Kinder model chocolates‚ as well as Ferrero chocolates. A study by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control found that children in Sweden and Norway have been infected with Salmonella Typhimurium. The researchers are investigating whether the outbreak is related to the contamination of Ferrero chocolates. Children under five years old are most at risk of developing serious symptoms from this bacteria‚ with fever‚ abdominal cramps‚ and diarrhea the most common symptoms. Most healthy adults recover within four to seven days‚ with severe diarrhea requiring hospitalization. However‚ the illness can last for a few days‚ even for healthy adults. Elderly people‚ pregnant women‚ and people with weakened immune systems are at a higher risk of developing severe illness. The infection can also spread between children who do not exhibit any symptoms. There has been a similar outbreak in Germany involving frozen fish. This outbreak affected 16 people and was linked to mislabelled frozen fish from the western Pacific Ocean. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the BfR found ciguatoxins in a wide range of items‚ including leftovers of prepared dishes. The outbreaks do not always lead to recalls. Infections involving listeria are not immediately fatal‚ but may take 70 days to show symptoms. Those affected may have symptoms that resemble other illnesses‚ such as a sore throat‚ persistent fever‚ muscle aches‚ a severe headache‚ or a stiff neck. This outbreak is more dangerous for pregnant women‚ elderly people‚ and young children‚ as it can lead to life-threatening illnesses. The outbreak has also led to the voluntarily cessation of production of certain varieties of branded and private label salads made at Fresh Express's facility in Streamwood‚ IL. Several reports of Norovirus illnesses have been reported. Several cases were traced to a food product that was distributed to restaurants and retailers in 13 states. It is unclear if norovirus is the cause of the outbreak‚ but symptoms of the norovirus infection include vomiting‚ diarrhea‚ nausea‚ muscle aches‚ and fever. Most people who are infected with norovirus are usually able to recover without any medical treatment‚ though some may need hospitalization for dehydration.

Recalled Kinder Eggs and other chocolates

Recalled Kinder Eggs and other chocolates are being recalled in the United States and Europe due to an outbreak of salmonella. The outbreak has been linked to more than 100 cases of illness in young children‚ mainly those under 10 years of age. The outbreak has been linked to a filter used at the outlet of two raw material tanks in Arlon‚ Belgium. While the impacted product is not the famous Kinder Egg‚ it is included in the recall of Kinder Surprise‚ Mini Eggs‚ Schoko-Bons‚ and the Ferrero brand. According to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)‚ the recalled chocolates may be responsible for at least 105 confirmed and 29 suspected cases. Of those‚ 63 cases are linked to Ferrero chocolate products‚ with the UK having the highest number of confirmed cases. The outbreak was characterised by an unusually high proportion of children hospitalised with serious symptoms. The manufacturer‚ Ferrero‚ is working with the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) and Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) to investigate the outbreak. According to the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI)‚ most of the salmonella cases are in children under the age of five. A total of nine cases have been reported in Ireland. No deaths have been reported. Similarly‚ Sweden and Belgium have reported four confirmed cases. France‚ Germany‚ and Belgium are investigating another 26 probable cases. In France‚ there are currently 21 confirmed cases and another twenty-one probable cases‚ according to the Institut Pasteur's National Reference Centre. At this time‚ the median age of the patients is four years.

Cases in France‚ Ireland‚ the Netherlands‚ Luxembourg and Norway

Several popular children's chocolates are being recalled in Europe and Canada due to a salmonella outbreak. According to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control‚ more than 100 cases of salmonella have been reported‚ affecting mostly young children. The company has recalled a variety of chocolate products‚ including Kinder Eggs. The recalled chocolates are sold in supermarkets and are available nationwide.