In accordance with the health alert issued by the Food Satandars Agency- FSA, (United Kingdom health agency), on the withdrawal of Kinder products from the market due to possible salmonella contamination, the National Institute for Food and Drug Surveillance (Invima) informed through a communication to consumers that the products subject to the alert are not marketed in the national territory.
Thus, the surveillance entity affirmed that there is no place for the withdrawal of this product in the Colombian market. This, affirmed Invima, was concluded after carrying out the Inspection, Surveillance and Control (IVC) actions, and based on what was reported by Ferrero LADM to the Institute.
Invima explained that the products covered by the issued alert correspond to Kinder Surprise 20 gr and 20 gr x 3, Kinder Mini Eggs 110 gr and 182 gr, Kinder Happy Moments 191 gr, Kinder Mix – Egg Hunt 186 gr, Kinder Surprisa Maxi, and Kinder Schokobons 200 gr, which were produced at the factory in Arlon, Belgium.
The statement makes it clear that Colombia does not import Kinder chocolate products from this factory, which is involved in the global alert for the outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium.
For the purpose of any doubt about this alert, Ferrero made the Consumer Attention Service (SAC) available to consumers in Colombia, through the free line 01 8000 919 826. Likewise, the Institute stressed that the health information in this regard It can be received by phone in Bogotá: (+57) (601) 7422121 ext. 4500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
187 cases of salmonella in Europe due to the consumption of Kinder Surprise eggs
The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has reported the detection in Spain of a confirmed case, and two probable, of salmonella linked to the mega outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium monophasic related to the products made in the Kinder chocolate factorywhich the Ferrero company has in the city of Arlon (Belgium).
Thus, according to the latest report dated April 19, 187 cases (158 confirmed and 29 probable) have already been identified in eleven EU/EEA countries (Austria, Belgium, France, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Spain and Sweden) and the United Kingdom.
The first case had a sampling date of December 21, 2021 in the United Kingdom. Most are children under the age of ten and many have been hospitalized.
The outbreak is characterized by an unusually high proportion of hospitalized children, some with severe clinical symptoms, including bloody diarrhoea. Based on patient interviews and initial analytical epidemiological studies, specific chocolate products have been identified as the likely route of infection.
Affected cases have been identified using advanced molecular typing techniques. As this testing method is not routinely performed in all countries, some cases may not be detected.
Products have been recalled globally with the aim of preventing the consumption of products potentially contaminated with salmonella. Public health and food safety authorities are conducting further investigations in countries where cases are reported to identify the cause and extent of the contamination, and to ensure that contaminated products are not marketed.
*With information from Europa Press.