Easter is right around the corner and Canadians who have purchased a number of Kinder chocolate products might be in for a nasty Easter surprise.
Health Canada has issued a recall notice for several Kinder chocolate products manufactured by Ferraro Canada for possible salmonella contamination. The recalled products include Advent Calendars, Egg Hunt Kits, Kinder Surprise Eggs, Schoko-Buns and Mini Eggs.
The chocolatier proactively triggered the recall after several batches of Kinder Surprise eggs were withdrawn from stores in the United States, Spain and England.
A Kinder production plant in Belgium has been temporarily closed as health authorities investigate the source of the salmonella contamination.
There are currently no reported illnesses related to the consumption of Kinder chocolates in Canada.
Foods contaminated with salmonella may not look or smell spoiled, but they can still lead to illness. Health Canada warns that young children, pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems can contract serious and sometimes fatal infections.
Healthy people may experience short-term symptoms such as fever, headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal cramps and diarrhea. Long-term complications can include severe arthritis.
If you think you have purchased a recalled product, throw it away or return it to the place of purchase. If you think you have become ill after consuming a recalled product, contact a healthcare practitioner.