FDA officials said Ferrero U.S.A., Inc. of Parsippany, New Jersey, voluntarily recalls its Kinder ® Happy Moments Chocolate Assortment and Kinder ® Mix Chocolate Treats basket because the product may be contaminated with Salmonella Typhimurium.
Salmonella is an organism that can cause severe and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or older adults, and others with weakened immune systems.
According to The FDA, healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.
The voluntary recall is for two products in the U.S.
The products are being recalled because they were manufactured in a facility where Salmonella typhimurium was detected.
While there are no reports of illness in the United States, Ferrero voluntarily recalls the products out of an abundance of caution due to reported cases of Salmonella in consumers who consumed products in Europe that were manufactured at the same facility.
No other Kinder products produced for the U.S. market are included in this recall.
Consumers who have purchased the affected product should not eat the product and may contact the Ferrero customer service line Monday - Friday 9 am-6 pm EST at 1-800-688-3552.