Ferrero U.S.A., Inc. of Parsippany, New Jersey on April 7 announced a voluntarily recall of Kinder ® Happy Moments Chocolate Assortment and Kinder ® Mix Chocolate Treats basket, because the product may be contaminated with Salmonella Typhimurium.
Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.
The voluntary recall is for two products in the U.S.:
|Product||Kinder Happy Moments Milk Chocolate and Crispy Wafers Assortment||Kinder Mix Chocolate Treats Basket|
|Size and Package Type||14.1 OZ (400g) square box with lid||5.3 OZ (152g) cardboard basket|
|Best By Date and location||July 18, 2022 (back panel)||July 30, 2022 (bottom of package)|
|Lot Codes and location||48RUP334; 48RUP335; 48RUP 336; 48RUP337 (back panel)||03L 018AR – 306 (bottom of package)|
|UPC Code and location||09800 52025 (right side panel)||09800 60209 (bottom of package)|
|Retail Locations||Costco in the Bay Area and Northern Nevada and BJ’s Wholesale Club stores||14 Big Y Supermarket locations in Connecticut and Massachusetts|
The products are being recalled because they were manufactured in a facility where Salmonella typhimurium was detected. While there are no reports of illness in the United States to date, Ferrero is voluntarily recalling the products out of an abundance of caution due to reported cases of Salmonella in consumers that consumed products in Europe that were manufactured at the same facility.
No other Kinder products produced for the U.S. market are included in this recall.
Consumers who have purchased the affected product should not eat the product and may contact the Ferrero customer service line Monday – Friday 9am-6pm EST at 1-800-688-3552 or via https://www.ferreronorthamerica.com/contact-US-residentsExternal Link Disclaimer for product refund.
Ferrero deeply regrets this situation. We take food safety extremely seriously and every step we have taken has been guided by our commitment to consumer care. We will continue to work cooperatively with the Food and Drug Administration to address this matter.