The Belgian Federal Agency for Food Safety (AFSCA) has ordered Italian confectionery maker Ferrero to halt production at its plant in Arlon, Belgium, for the time being, and to recall all products manufactured at the unit due to fears of a salmonella epidemic, DPA reports. according to Agerpres.
“The agency withdrew the authorization of the Ferrero factory in Arlon on Friday. The entire range of Kinder products from this unit is withdrawn from sale, regardless of the date on which they were produced, “said the Belgian authorities, who accused Ferrero of not providing sufficient information during the investigation.
The Kinder Surprise, Kinder Mini Eggs, Kinder Surprise Maxi and Schoko-Bons products produced in Arlon are targeted.
Distributors were also asked to withdraw products from stores.
The Arlon plant will not be reopened until all food safety requirements have been met, Afsca said.
The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) announced on Wednesday that it and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) are investigating dozens of cases of salmonella infection related to the consumption of chocolate products in at least nine European countries.
Ferrero withdrew Kinder Surprise chocolate eggs from the UK and Ireland on Monday, saying it was a precautionary measure, and no series of Kinder products made in Arlon and sold in France were sold on Tuesday. , Belgium, Great Britain, Northern Ireland, Germany and Sweden. Subsequently, product withdrawals from the shelf were launched in several countries, including the United States and Australia.
Ferrero claims that no Kinder brand products on the market tested positive for salmonella. Ferrero products from the United States and Australia have also been withdrawn from the market.
Food poisoning caused by salmonella is manifested by gastrointestinal disorders often accompanied by fever within the first 48 hours of consumption.
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