Five people have been hospitalized with Salmonella in Ireland in recent days due to an outbreak of the infection from several Kinder products – all of which have been recalled.
Since Friday, there have been a total of 15 cases nationwide, with FSAI officials warning people not to consume any of the affected products.
The ECDC warned on Tuesday that the majority of infections are in children under the age of 10, with some requiring hospitalization.
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In a statement explaining the cause of the outbreak, an ECDC spokesperson said: “The processing step involving buttermilk has been identified as the possible point of contamination, and hygiene measures have been put in place. implemented.
“Recalls and withdrawals initiated globally will reduce the risk of new infections.
“However, since molecular typing is not done routinely in all countries, cases may go undetected.”
The latest update released by the FSAI on Wednesday included the third recall in recent days, on additional batches of Kinder Surprise 20g and Kinder Surprise 20g x 3 products.
Other items also recalled are certain lots of Kinder Mini Eggs, Kinder Egg Hunt Kit, Kinder Surprise and Kinder Schokobons.
Parents are warned to look out for the most common symptoms of Salmonella if their child has consumed any of the long lists of Kinder chocolates pulled from the shelves.
According to the Mayo Clinic, the incubation period ranges from several hours to two days, and the most noticeable signs include:
- Abdominal cramps
- Blood in stool
Signs and symptoms of salmonella infection usually last between two and seven days, however, experts say diarrhea can last up to 10 days.
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