isCases of salmonellosis, especially in children, have been reported for weeks in European countries, with cases also reported in Switzerland. The Confederation has established a link between these cases and the international pandemic.
The Federal Office of Food Safety and Veterinary Affairs (OSAV) said on Friday that it was not yet able to establish whether this epidemic of infectious diarrhea was linked to chocolate products for children from the Italian group Ferrero. The investigation continues.
Ferrero Switzerland has recalled products produced at a closed factory in Belgium. European authorities have established a link between dozens of cases of salmonellosis and foods manufactured at this Ferrero factory. Children’s products include Kinder Surprise and Kinder Choco-Bones.
In cooperation with the authorities, Ferrero Switzerland had recalled a total of about forty products due to possible contamination.
150 confirmed and probable cases in the EU
On 8 April, 150 confirmed and probable cases of salmonella infection were reported in nine European Union countries as well as in the United Kingdom. There have been 29 cases reported in Belgium by the Federal Agency for the Safety of Food Chains (AFSCA) and 20 others deemed “suspect”.
Salmonella is a type of bacteria that can cause symptoms such as diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps in humans. It is one of the most common foodborne infections.
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