The Swiss are also concerned about the salmonella scandal in Ferrero chocolate. 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.
Hundreds of suspected cases of salmonella poisoning in connection with Ferrero products have been reported from all over Europe in the past few days.
Now there are also the first suspected cases in Switzerland, unlike the Federal Office for Food Safety CH . media agreed. However, it is still not clear whether salmonella poisoning is caused by the consumption of chocolate. The Federal Office is now investigating the cases.
More than ten products have been recalled
Migros and Coop recalled more than a dozen Ferrero products. For chocolate giant Ferrero, the salmonella scandal in the middle of the Easter business is a disaster! The group expects a significant drop in sales in the spring.
Most of those affected are children under the age of 10, according to the responsible authorities in the European Union. An exceptional number of them will have to be hospitalized due to severe symptoms. Some children have bloody diarrhoea. All contaminated Ferrero products come from a factory in Belgium.
Popular Ferrero products such as Kinder Surprise, Kinder Mini Eggs, Kinder Surprise Maxi and Pons Chocolates will be affected. Retailers such as Coop have also reported the recall via social media.
The factory has been closed since Friday
As early as December 15, the company learned of a case of salmonella at the plant in Arlon, Belgium, according to a statement from Ferrero France in Luxembourg. Accordingly, salmonella was found there in a sieve at the exit of two tanks for raw materials. Then the products made from it were discontinued. Ferrero said the filter has been replaced and controls increased on unfinished and finished products.
Last Friday, investigations launched by the food authorities finally reached their initial climax. The giant confectionery company was forced to stop production at the factory in Belgium, which has been in the spotlight for days. The Afsca supervisory authority has announced that it will revoke the production license for the plant as a result of the investigations. Ferrero did not provide enough information in the investigation. Ferrero has now admitted her mistakes. (smt)
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