Just before Easter, when chocolate products are especially popular, a possible case of salmonella in Ferrero sweets is rife. After several European countries, Australia has now recalled many baby products. According to the EU authorities, 105 confirmed cases of salmonella and 29 suspected cases have been recorded so far.
According to the Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES), no case has appeared in Austria so far. As AGES reported in response to the APA’s request, there is still no indication that there have been contaminated products or that there have been cases of an outbreak of Salmonella typhimurium. However, relevant surveys are underway.
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The European Union Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Union Health Authority (ECDC) have also begun investigations. Because most of those affected in the European Union are children. AGES has listed all affected products on its website.
Calls in several countries
So far, four confirmed and three suspected cases have been known in Germany. Great Britain, Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden were also affected. The products in question are manufactured in Belgium.
The food safety authority FSANZ said Australia has now also begun a recall due to possible exposure to salmonella. Sweets, including Kinder Surprise eggs, were sold in major supermarket chains such as Coles and Woolworths.
In Israel, Ferrero also mentions several baby products as a strict precaution. However, yesterday, the local health ministry announced that there were no reports of salmonella contamination.