Kinder Joy: Recently many countries have reported suspected cases of ‘salmonellosis’ following the consumption of the Kinder brand of chocolate the makers of Kinder Joy, Ferrero had decided to recall one of its products Kinder Surprise from some overseas markets due to possible health concerns.
the World Health Organization (WHO) informed that the major development came after 150 suspected cases of salmonellosis were found in Belgium (26), France (25), Germany (10), Ireland (15), Luxembourg (1), the Netherlands (2), Norway (1), Spain (1), Sweden (4), the United Kingdom (65) and the United States of America (1). According to the statement released by WHO on Wednesday, children under the age of 10 years have been most affected. Although nine children are still in hospital, no fatalities were reported until now.
Indian subsidiary Ferrero India has issued its official statement clearing the air that India’s name is not included for the voluntary withdrawal of the Kinder Surprise made in Belgium.
“The risk of spread in the WHO European region and globally is assessed as moderate until the information is available on the full recall of the products,” the UN agency said in a statement. According to WHO, salmonella bacteria matching the current human cases of infection were found last December and January in the buttermilk tanks at a factory run by chocolate makers Ferrero, in the Belgian city of Arlon.
“At least 113 countries across Europe and globally have received Kinder products during the period of risk,” WHO said.
Salmonellosis is a disease caused by nontyphoidal Salmonella bacteria. The bacteria are widely distributed in domestic and wild animals, such as poultry, pigs, and cattle; and in pets, including cats, dogs, birds, and reptiles such as turtles. As per WHO, Salmonella can pass through the entire food chain from animal feed to primary production, and households or food-service establishments and institutions.
The symptoms of Salmonellosis are similar to a typhoid virus where a person suffers fever, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhoea. The onset of symptoms typically occurs 6–72 hours after ingestion of food or water contaminated with Salmonella, and the illness lasts 2–7 days. However, symptoms of salmonellosis are relatively mild and patients will make a recovery without specific treatment in most cases. In some cases, particularly in children and elderly patients, the associated dehydration can become severe and life-threatening.