Ferrero, an Italian confectionary company, has voluntarily recalled some of its Kinder candies from American markets due to a possible salmonella contamination risk.
Ferrero North America announced on Thursday that the Kinder Happy Moments Chocolate Assortment and Kinder Mix Chocolate Treats basket are being recalled because they were produced in a plant where salmonella was detected.
Ferrero voluntarily recalled its Kinder Surprise chocolate eggs from UK stores earlier this week, stating that the tainted chocolate was made in Belgium and that the recall could be expanded to other countries.
“While no illnesses have been recorded in the United States to date,” the statement added, “Ferrero is voluntarily recalling the goods out of an abundance of caution due to reported cases of salmonella in consumers who consumed products manufactured at the same facility in Europe.”
The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control has already begun an investigation into dozens of known and suspected salmonella illnesses linked to chocolate consumption in at least nine countries.
Salmonella bacteria can cause serious and life-threatening illnesses, particularly in children, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems.
Salmonella infections connected to chocolate consumption have been discovered in the United Kingdom, France, Ireland, Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Norway.