Norway’s FHI: Salmonella outbreak in Europe probably related to Kinder chocolate

Kinder chocolatePhoto: Heiko Junge / NTB

The salmonella outbreak in Europe is linked to the popular children’s chocolate Kinder. Most of the infected are children, and several of them have been hospitalized, according to the National Institute of Public Health (FHI).

“The outbreak in Europe is caused by the gastrointestinal bacterium monophasic Salmonella Typhimurium. So far, the infection has been detected in 126 people from eight different European countries, including one case from Norway,” the FHI stated in a press release.

Interviews of the sick people have led to the suspect being Kinder chocolate from the manufacturer Ferrero.

“Child chocolate products, including Kinder eggs, are suspected sources of infection. The Norwegian Food Safety Authority is investigating whether the products have arrived in Norway.”

Several countries have withdrawn Kinder products from the market. The products that are the suspected sources of infection have so far come from the same factory in Belgium.

No withdrawals in Norway as of Tuesday

The chocolate in question hasn’t been withdrawn from the Norwegian market as of Tuesday night.

“We have so far not been told to remove the product from the store shelves,” store employee at Coop Prix in Kongsvinger, Hilde Bakke, told Glåmdalen.

Ferrero has recalled some consignments until the results of investigations are clear, according to AFP. The median age of those who have been diagnosed with the infection is four years.

“None of our Kinder products on the market have tested positive for salmonella, and we have not received any complaints from consumers,” Ferrero wrote in a statement on the company’s website on Monday.

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