Kinder chocolate eggs, other products recalled in Canada because of link to multi-country Salmonella outbreak

Kinder chocolate eggs, other products recalled in Canada because of link to multi-country Salmonella outbreak

by Sue Jones
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Ferrero Canada Ltd. is recalling certain Kinder brand chocolate products because of possible Salmonella contamination. The products have been linked to a multi-country outbreak in Europe.

The recalled products have been sold nationally in Canada, according to the recall notice posted by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

As of the posting of the recall notice today, no one in Canada has been reported infected in connection with the recalled products.

More than 100 children in the United Kingdom and Europe have been infected in the Salmonella outbreak. Multiple Kinder brand products are under recall in Europe and the United Kingdom.

There is concern that consumers in Canada may have the recalled products in their home because their expiration dates reach into November. For photographs of the recalled products, click here.

The recalled products in Canada are:

About Salmonella infections
Food contaminated with Salmonella bacteria does not usually look, smell, or taste spoiled. Anyone can become sick with a Salmonella infection. Infants, children, seniors, and people with weakened immune systems are at higher risk of serious illness because their immune systems are fragile, according to the CDC.

Anyone who has eaten any recalled products and developed symptoms of Salmonella infection should seek medical attention. Sick people should tell their doctors about the possible exposure to Salmonella bacteria because special tests are necessary to diagnose salmonellosis. Salmonella infection symptoms can mimic other illnesses, frequently leading to misdiagnosis.

Symptoms of Salmonella infection can include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 12 to 72 hours after eating contaminated food. Otherwise, healthy adults are usually sick for four to seven days. In some cases, however, diarrhea may be so severe that patients require hospitalization.

Older adults, children, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems, such as cancer patients, are more likely to develop a severe illness and serious, sometimes life-threatening conditions.

Some people get infected without getting sick or showing any symptoms. However, they may still spread the infections to others.

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