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A few days after the closure of the Kinder (Ferrero) site in Arlon in Belgium two European surveillance agencies have lamented 150 cases of detected salmonellosis, were he learned from April 12, 2022.

A total of 150 cases of salmonellosis were detected In nine European countries whose France , indicated Tuesday two European surveillance agencies, which point the responsibility of an "Belgian production plant" a few days after the closure of the Kinder (Ferrero) site in Arlon in Arlon Belgium.

"On April 8, 2022, 150 confirmed and probable cases of Salmonella Typhimurium monophasic had been reported" , reports the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) in a communicated.

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mainly in young children

The two agencies have "identified chocolate products manufactured by a company in its company Belgian production plant as being at the origin of the epidemic house of Salmonella ", they continue, without mentioning the name of the Italian giant of confectionery.

The infections are "produced mainly in children under ten years of age" and have been reported in nine European countries: France, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Ireland, Luxembourg, Norway, Netherlands and Sweden.

Additional investigations in progress

Salmonellosis, caused by a bacterium called salmonella, causes symptoms close to those of a sometimes acute gastroenteritis: diarrhea and abdominal cramps, mild fever, or even vomiting. No deaths have been reported at this point.

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According to European experts, additional investigations will be "necessary to identify the exact source and the precise moment of contamination" , and to look at "the wider use of contaminated raw materials in other factories" .

Belgian justice opened a survey Monday to establish any responsibilities within the Arlon plant. On Friday, the Belgian Food Security Agency (AFSCA) had withdrawn its production authorization, replacing its lack of transparency on an incident in mid-December.

At this time, "S. typhimurium had been detected in a buttermilk tank of the Belgian establishment of the company in question during its own controls" , confirm EFSA and ECDC.

products distributed in Europe and the United States

despite a strengthening of controls and hygiene measures, contaminated chocolate products were distributed in Europe and the United States, leading Ferrero to recognize Friday of the "internal failures" .

Once the link is established between Kinder products and the cases of salmonellosis at the end of March, following an alert of the British authorities, reminders have been launched in several European countries and the United States .

All products from the Arlon plant are now concerned, regardless of their batch number or expiry date, said Ferrero.

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