Kinder recall widens as salmonella scare spreads in Singapore

Kinder products that have been recalled since last week. Photos: The Singapore Food Agency
Kinder products that have been recalled since last week. Photos: The Singapore Food Agency

Singapore has recalled several Belgian Kinder products for the third time this month following a health scare.

The Singapore Food Agency announced today that it had added Kinder Schokobons to a list of recalled items after its counterpart in Ireland issued an alert that they may contain salmonella. 

The agency said it has directed five importers to recall all batches of the products and urged anyone who has consumed them to seek medical advice if needed.

Last week, the agency recalled some batches of Kinder products including Kinder Surprise, Kinder Surprise Maxi, Kinder Egg Hunt Kit and Kinder Mini Eggs. There have been no reported cases of illness in the city-state relating to the candies.

Australia and New Zealand’s food authorities did the same last week, issuing nationwide recalls for Kinder products, which enjoy a seasonal sales boost in the run-up to Easter, which is Sunday.

Belgian health authorities last week ordered Kinder manufacturer Ferrero to suspend production after the European health agency launched a salmonella investigation into the chocolates.

Food poisoning cases involving young children have been recorded in at least nine countries. Most reported having bloody stool.

The Singaporean importers affected are Kaimay Trading, Heinemann Asia Pacific, Focus Network Agencies, Walluco, and Le Petit Depot.

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