Kinder chocolates will disappear from the shelves of supermarkets in Luxembourg, the government said on Friday, shortly after Belgium’s FASFC (Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain) said it was recalling all sweets made at a factory in Arlon and withdrawing the site’s licence.
The Belgian office said in a statement that “the information provided by Ferrero is incomplete” after the site was linked to a salmonella outbreak earlier in the week. It therefore announced the withdrawal of the authorisation of the production plant of the Italian giant in Arlon, which employs more than 700 people, as well as the recall of all Kinder sweets (Kinder Surprise, Kinder Surprise Maxi, Kinder Mini Eggs and Schokobons), regardless of their batch or expiration date.
The Luxembourg announcement also included Kinder Mix Mini Eggs, Kinder Mix Peluche, Kinder Schokobons White, Kinder Happy Moments and the Kinder Mix Advent Calendar. People who have already purchased any of these products should no longer eat them, the food safety authority said.
Shelves emptied of Kinder products
Supermarkets are asked to empty their shelves of Kinder products while the Ferrero Ardennes factory is no longer allowed to produce.
“The FASFC will closely monitor the steps taken by Ferrero and will only authorise the reopening of the site once it has been able to conclude that the establishment meets all the rules and requirements of food safety,” the authority wrote on its website. It said it had conducted a “thorough investigation at Ferrero in Arlon” and referred to findings and “incomplete information from Ferrero”.
The Luxembourg food safety authority at the time of publication had not followed Belgium to withdraw any more Kinder products than the batch announced earlier in the week, which was recalled over concerns that the products are contaminated with salmonella.
This story was first published on Paperjam. It has been translated and edited for Delano.