In early April, the brand had to withdraw batches of Kinder chocolate products made in Belgium and sold in several European countries on suspicion of salmonella contamination.
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“Has there been a failure? Yes, that is quite clear. Has there been negligence? No.” In an interview with Parisian Published on Thursday, May 26, France Ferrera general manager Nicolas Neykov returns for the first time to a health scandal that has hit his company. During this exchange of views, readers are revealed that, following numerous cases of salmonellosis in Europe, a total of more than 3,000 tonnes of Kinder products have been withdrawn from the market. “financial impact” of “several tens of millions of euros”.
“According to our investigations”contamination would come from “filter placed in the milk butter vat” from the Arlon plant in Belgium and would arrive there “Either contaminated raw materials or humans”explains Nicolas Neykov, who is speaking for the first time since the start of the health scandal. “How do you explain that the strict protocols that have been in place for seventy-five years have not worked this time? The investigation must say that. Whatever the outcome, we are working hard to ensure that it never happens again.”
In early April, the brand had to withdraw batches of Kinder chocolate products made in Belgium and sold in several European countries on suspicion of salmonella contamination. In mid-April, 150 cases of salmonellosis were detected in nine European countries, including France, mainly in children under ten years of age.
Salmonellosis causes symptoms similar to sometimes acute gastroenteritis: diarrhea and abdominal cramps, mild fever, even vomiting. No deaths were reported at this stage.