Ferrero asks Americans to throw out some Kinder products over salmonella fears

Ferrero asked US consumers on Tuesday to get rid of some chocolate products Kindergarten not authorized for distribution in the country, warning that they could come from a batch recently withdrawn in Europe due to possible contamination by Salmonella Typhimurium.

The group’s North American division last week withdrew the Kinder Happy Moments chocolate assortment and the chocolate basket Kinder Mix because they were manufactured in a facility where the presence of salmonella was detected.

Tuesday’s voluntary recall concerns two products in the United States ─the milk chocolate assortment Kinder Happy Moments and the Kinder Mix Chocolate Candy Basket, which has an expiration date of July 30─ and does not affect any other Kinder products distributed or sold by Ferrero’s US division.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said Monday that Ferrero was also recalling some Kinder brand chocolate products for the same reason.

Italy’s Ferrero has also recalled several batches of Kinder Surprise chocolate eggs and other products in Spain, Great Britain and Irelandwhile the Belgian health authorities have urged not to consume several withdrawn Kinder products.

On Tuesday, Ferrero said that to date there had been no disease cases in the United States because of the chocolates and that he was working with the US health agency to fix the problem.

In Mexico, the Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risks (Cofepris) also warned merchants, supermarkets and convenience stores to check their inventories to identify if they do not have any of the following international batches among their products: L291R03UMV, L298R03UNC, L292R03UNW, L299R03UNC.


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