(Reuters) — Italian confectionery group Ferrero has voluntarily removed some of its Kinder chocolates from US shelves over suspected salmonella contamination.
The Kinder Happy Moments chocolate assortment and the Kinder Mix chocolate basket are being recalled because they were manufactured in a facility where salmonella was detected, Ferrero North America said Thursday.
The voluntary recall comes after Ferrero withdrew its Kinder Surprise chocolate eggs from UK stores earlier this week. The affected chocolate was made in Belgium and the recall could spread to other countries, they said.
“Although to date there are no reports of this disease in the United States, Ferrero is recalling the products as a precaution and voluntarily. This is due to the cases of salmonella that have been reported by customers who consumed these products in Europe, which were manufactured in same facility,” the statement said.
The European health agency, the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, has already begun investigating dozens of reported and suspected cases of salmonella linked to chocolate consumption in at least nine countries.
Salmonella bacteria can cause serious and severe infections, especially in children or the elderly and in other people with weak immune systems.
Probable or confirmed cases of salmonella linked to chocolate consumption have been detected in Great Britain, France, Ireland, Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Sweden and Norway.