Europe has never experienced a food scandal of this magnitude. After an outbreak of salmonella at the Ferrero factory in Belgium, 119 cases have now been confirmed in Europe. Authorities have evidence that bacteria may be present in the yoghurt.
During inspections by the plant operator in Arlon, Belgium, salmonella typhimurium bacteria were discovered in a yoghurt tank as early as December 2021, the European Union health authority ECDC announced in its ongoing investigation.
Huge image damage
The company implemented hygiene measures and increased product testing and processing environment. But: after negative salmonella tests, chocolate products were sold throughout Europe and all over the world. In the past, a big mistake. Ferrero will lose a lot of money in the current Easter business. The image damage is massive.
Most of the injured are children under the age of 10, and many have been hospitalized. The Belgian authorities did not respond until days later. Then at least it’s hard. The plant was forced to stop production completely. No more surprise eggs and chocolate bunnies.
The first confirmed cases in Switzerland
The salmonella scandal reached Switzerland a long time ago. Several worried customers have reported to Migros and Coop in recent days wanting to know if the chocolate they bought or ate might also have salmonella.
Days ago, there were the first cases of suspected salmonellosis in Switzerland in connection with towed Ferreros. The federal government is now also linking cases of the disease in Switzerland to the international outbreak.
About two dozen cases are being closely examined in order to clarify the link, the Federal Office of Public Health (BAG) announced Friday upon request. Further laboratory analyzes will be performed for this purpose. In addition, the survey of those affected has begun.
It was not initially established whether this outbreak of infectious diarrhea was related to children’s chocolate products from the Italian confectionery group Ferrero.
In cooperation with the responsible cantonal enforcement authority, Ferrero Swiss has recalled nearly forty baby products due to possible contamination, the Federal Consumer Affairs Office (BFK) announced a week ago. (pbe/uro)
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