What happened at the Ferrero factory in Belgium

    What happened at the Ferrero factory in Belgium

    Most cases of salmonella involve children under the age of 10, many of whom are in the hospital. According to the Center for Early Childhood Development, it all started last December.

    I 150 cases linked to salmonella outbreak so far Related to chocolate-based products manufactured in Ferrero Factory in Arlon, in Belgium. Most cases involve children younger than 10 years old, many of whom are in hospital. This was announced by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) with a rapid assessment of what happened. After the first case reported in the UK on December 21 last year, there are now 119 confirmed and 31 probable cases reported in nine EU/EEA countries (Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Spain and Sweden) and the United Kingdom.

    Salmonella first appeared in December 2021

    According to what has been reconstructed by ECDC, it all started in December of last year when during a restraint analysis at Ferrero Salmonella typhimurium gifts in Khazan some milk In the Belgian factory. The company implemented some additional hygiene measures and increased sample tests on products in the processing environment and after negative tests for salmonella, it continued to distribute chocolate products throughout Europe and around the world. Since then there have been several cases of salmonella but only at the end of March 2022, after sequence data was available, scientists linked the cases to the plant in Belgium.

    Chocolate production has been suspended at the Ferrero factory in Arlon

    As of April 2, 2022, national authorities began issuing public health warnings and the company implemented a Voluntary recall of different products Specific in different countries. However, on April 8, the Belgian Food Safety Authority conducted official checks at the factory and revoked the production license from the company. In addition, the company has recalled all sweets produced at the Arlon factory, regardless of batch number or expiration date. Experts from ECDC and EFSA concluded that further investigations are needed at the Arlon production site to determine the root cause of Salmonella and also to investigate the potential for contaminated feedstock such as milk to be used in further processing in other food plants.

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