Italian confectionery group Ferrero has voluntarily recalled some of its Kinder chocolates from US shelves for a potential link to salmonella contamination.
Kinder Happy Moments Chocolate Assortment and Kinder Mix Chocolate Candy Basket are being recalled because they were made in a facility where salmonella was detected, Ferrero North America said Thursday.
The voluntary recall comes after Ferrero recalled its Kinder Surprise chocolate eggs from UK stores earlier this week, adding that the affected chocolate was made in Belgium and the recall could be extended to other countries.
“Although no cases of illness have been reported in the United States to date, Ferrero is voluntarily recalling the products out of an abundance of caution due to reported cases of salmonella in consumers who consumed products in Europe manufactured at the same facility. “, said the statement said.
The European health agency European Center for Disease Prevention and Control has already begun investigating dozens of reported and suspected cases of salmonella linked to chocolate consumption in at least nine countries.
Salmonella bacteria can cause serious and severe infections, especially in children or the elderly and others with weakened immune systems.
Probable or confirmed cases of Salmonella linked to the consumption of chocolates have been discovered in Great Britain, France, Ireland, Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Sweden and Norway.