- Ferrero announced a voluntary recall of two chocolate products due to potential salmonella contamination.
- The chocolates include Kinder Happy Moments Chocolate Assortment and Kinder Mix Chocolate Treats basket.
- The US recall comes after more than 100 cases of salmonella were reported in Europe from products made in the same Belgian factory.
Before you buy yourself a chocolatey treat or dig into a basket full of chocolates this Easter weekend, you might want to double-check exactly what you’re eating. the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that Ferrero USA, Inc. is voluntarily recalling two chocolate products sold in the United States due to potential salmonella contamination.
Ferrero is voluntarily recalling the products out of an abundance of caution due to cases of salmonella in customers in Europe that ingested products from the same facility—around 100 cases were reported, according to USAToday.
Now, Kinder Happy Moments Chocolate Assortment and Kinder Mix Chocolate Treats basket are being recalled in the US
The Kinder Happy Moments Chocolate Assortment is found in a 14.1-ounce square box with a lid and has a best-by date of July 18, 2022. They were most likely sold in Costco in the Bay Area and Northern Nevada and BJ’s Wholesale Club stores . The lot number for this recalled product is found on the back panel and includes 48RUP334, 48RUP335, 48RUP 336, and 48RUP337.
The Kinder Mix Chocolate Treats Basket comes as a 5.3-ounce cardboard basket with a best-by date of July 30, 2022. They were most likely sold at 14 Big Y Supermarket locations in Connecticut and Massachusetts. The lot number for this recalled product is found on the back panel and is 03L 018AR – 306.
If you think you may have purchased one of these chocolate gifts, the FDA suggests contacting Ferrero customer service at 1-800-688-3552 or on their website for a product refund. It is not recommended to eat these potentially contaminated foods and if you have any of the affected lots, the FDA suggests throwing them out immediately.
What is salmonella?
If you’re curious as to what salmonella is, it’s a bacterium that is transmitted through eating contaminated food, drinking contaminated water, or touching infected animals, their feces, or their environment. The bacteria can make people very sick. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates about 1.35 million illnesses, 26,500 hospitalizations, and 420 deaths are due to salmonella annually in the US Young children, frail or elderly people or those with weakened immune systems are most at risk for salmonella poisoning.
Symptoms of salmonella include:
- stomach cramps
In very rare cases, if the organism makes its way into the bloodstream it can cause a more serious illness like endocarditis (heart inflammation) or arterial infections (an infected aneurysm).
Most people will begin to experience symptoms of salmonella six hours to six days after infection, with symptoms lasting four to seven days. On rare occasions, infected persons may not develop symptoms until several weeks after infection or experience symptoms for more than a few weeks.
A medical professional can test a person’s stool, body tissue, or fluids for the bacteria. Most people will recover on their own but should drink extra fluids as symptoms persist. Antibiotics may be used if a person is infected with a severe illness, has a weakened immune system, is older than 50 with medical issues, is older than 65 years old, or is younger than 12 months.
Salmonella outbreaks are not uncommon. In fact, this one comes after a mysterious salmonella outbreak in 29 statesa salmonella outbreak in Trader Joe’s salami sticksgo to salmonella outbreak in red onions that left hundreds sick.
If you think you may have contracted salmonella, it’s best to contact your doctor for the best treatment option for you.
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