Update on Salmonella cases linked to confectionary products

26 April 2022

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The Food Standards Agency (FSA), Food Standards Scotland (FSS) and the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), along with UK public health bodies and international public health and food safety authorities, continue to investigate an ongoing outbreak of Salmonella linked to certain Kinder egg products and Schoko-Bons produced at one of the Ferrero company’s factories, in Arlon, Belgium, and have issued a reminder to consumers that these products should not be eaten.

As of 20 April 2022, there were 73 cases linked to this outbreak in the UK, with most of these cases being in children under five years of age. 

Symptoms of salmonellosis, or infection with Salmonella, typically resolve themselves within a few days, though more severe symptoms can occur, especially in young children, those who are pregnant and people with weakened immune systems. Salmonella can be spread from person-to-person as well as from food, so anyone affected should adhere to good hygiene practices, such as washing hands thoroughly after using the bathroom and avoiding handling food for others where possible. 

Source: UKHSA, 22 April 2022