There are 324 cases of salmonellosis related to Kinder chocolate in Europe and eight cases of unknown origin.


According to the latest review by the European Food Safety and Disease Control and Prevention officials, 86.3% of infections occur in children aged 10 years or younger.

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Origin is located at the Chocolate Plant in Arlon (Blgium).EM
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outbreak of salmonella typhimurium Monophasic related to Kinder company’s chocolate products made at its Belgian plant in Arlos (closed today) and affecting several countries, has already reached 324 cases. Of them, 266 have been confirmed, while 58 are still probable., This has been notified today by the European Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC) and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) in their latest review of the outbreak, in which they also point out that there are eight cases that cannot be explained by the same in Belgium. consumption of chocolate products from processing plant, which “Suggest that there may be other sources of infection, albeit secondary infections, that cannot be excluded.”

As reported by EL Mundo, the EFSA and ECDC have been investigating this salmonella outbreak since last January that also affected Germany, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Spain, France, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway, the Netherlands and Sweden. influencing. as of the United Kingdom, including two distinct strains salmonella typhimurium In addition, cases have been identified in Canada, Switzerland and the United States.

Most infections (86.3%) occur in children 10 years of age or younger, and in all EU/EEA and UK cases for which information is available, 41.3% of them are hospitalized. no death reported,

In its latest report, ECDC noted that DSalmonella strains are multi-resistant And some of the isolates tested are also resistant to disinfectants based on quaternary ammonium compounds and hydrogen peroxide, but remain susceptible to azithromycin, ciprofloxacin, meropenem and third-generation cephalosporins.

“Epidemiological and microbiological investigations have identified specific chocolate products manufactured at the Arlon processing plant as potential vehicles of infection,” the report said.

The two outbreak strains were identified in ten of the 81 Salmonella-positive samples taken at the plant between December 2021 and January 2022, including raw materials (whey), semi-finished and finished products.

According to the ECDC and EFSA, the whey was supplied by an Italian supplier in which Salmonella was not detected. Italian supplier supplied Whey also at other production plants of the company and, according to available tests, ‘Salmonella’ has not been detected at other plants.

The closure of Belgium’s processing plant on April 8 and the global withdrawal of all its products has “reduced the risk of exposure, but the long shelf life and possible storage of products at home could lead to new cases.” , a description of both European organizations.

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