An urgent recall of four popular Kinder products has been issued before Easter over food safety fears.
The Food Safety Authority of Ireland is alerting Irish consumers over certain batches of the chocolate treats due to the possible presence of salmonella.
Around ten people in Ireland, mostly young children, have become sick as a result of a salmonella outbreak that has also hit the UK.
The alert, issued on Tuesday night, follows an earlier recall notice concerning two other Kinder products.
The latest alert is for certain batches of Kinder Mini Eggs, Kinder Egg Hunt Kit, Kinder Surprise and Kinder Schokobons.
Two Kinder Surprise products were subject to the previous recall notice.
The six products being recalled are:
The FSAI said in a statement: “The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) today advises that Ferrero is extending its current food recall to include some additional Kinder products due to a link with an ongoing food poisoning outbreak of Salmonella, which is affecting Ireland, the UK and a number of other European countries.
“To date, there have been ten cases in Ireland with the same strain of Salmonella responsible for the UK outbreak. A number of these Irish cases have involved young children, all of whom have fully recovered.
“The FSAI is warning consumers who may have the recalled products at home not to eat them.”
Dr Pamela Byrne, Chief Executive of the FSAI, added: “Ferrero has now extended its list of products that are being recalled. If anyone has any of the affected products at home, we are advising them not to eat them.
“We know that many of these Kinder products are popular at this time of year with Easter approaching. We urge consumers to check at home if they have any of the products and if they do, to ensure that they are not eaten.
“There are ten cases of Salmonella food poisoning in Ireland linked to this outbreak. The most common symptom of Salmonella food poisoning is diarrhoea, which can sometimes be bloody. Other symptoms may include fever, headache and abdominal cramps.”
The FSAI says it is liaising with the Department of Health and is “working closely with the Health Protection Surveillance Centre of the HSE, as well as the relevant agencies in the UK and Europe”, with the investigation into the outbreak ongoing.
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