It’s worth double-checking to be sure.
The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has issued an extended food alert concerning the recall of certain Kinder products, irrespective of best-by date.
The contaminated treats (a list with pictures of each product is available here) have been associated with an extensive outbreak of salmonellosis, primarily affecting children.
Since the end of January, 15 cases of salmonellosis which form part of this outbreak have been identified in Ireland, primarily in children. The most recent Irish cases became unwell in mid-March.
Now the HSE has asked that parents double-check any bought easter eggs to ensure they are not affected.
“Although there has been a speedy recall of these products, we may see a number of further cases of illness associated with this outbreak,” said Dr Paul McKeown, Specialist in Public Health Medicine at the HSE-HPSC.
“However, the likelihood of any individual child becoming sick as a result of eating this product is extremely low. Only a very small percentage of children who have eaten this product over the last few weeks has developed salmonella infection. The symptoms of salmonella infection in children (nausea and vomiting, abdominal cramps, diarrhoea) are mild in the majority of cases, and can be managed at home.”
What to do if your child becomes ill
“If your child develops more worrying symptoms such as a lot of diarrhoea, diarrhoea with blood in it, a lot of vomiting, a high temperature or a nasty headache, you should seek medical advice from your GP.” added Dr McKeown.
“It is important to remember that the majority of children who develop vomiting and diarrhoea are unlikely to have salmonella infection, and are more likely to have a simple viral tummy upset, which can be treated simply with paracetamol and fluids by mouth.”
“If you have bought any of these products, do not eat them, and do not give them as Easter presents. Instead, please contact the Ferrero consumer careline on +44 (0)330 053 8943 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.”