POPULAR chocolate treat Kinder Surprise has been recalled due to a salmonella risk.
Ferrero, the manufacturer of the product, took precautionary measures to recall the product over the weekend.
The Food Standards Agency (FSA), a government department responsible for protecting public health in relation to food, released a food alert on Saturday April 2.
It announced that Ferrero is recalling selected batches of Kinder Surprise because of possible salmonella contamination.
The suspected products are the 20g and three pack of 20g Kinder Surprise eggs with best before dates between July 11 and October 7 2022.
It is thought that the contaminated batches are only those that originated in Belgium.
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Customers with any of these are being urged not to eat them.
Instead, the FSA suggests customers contact the Ferrero consumer careline on [email protected]
Alternatively, you can call Ferrero on 0330 053 8943 UK or 0330 053 8943 Ireland to obtain a full refund.
Point of sale signs will be placed in stores selling this product to explain the reasons behind the recall, and to advise what to do if customers have already bought one.
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In a statement issued by Ferrero, it said: "Although none of our Kinder products released to market have tested positive for salmonella, and we have received no consumer complaints, we are taking this extremely seriously as consumer care is our top priority.
"We are working with retailers to ensure that these products are no longer available for purchase.
"We take matters of food safety extremely seriously and we sincerely apologise for this matter."
Symptoms of salmonella
Common symptoms caused by salmonella usually include fever, diarrhoea and abdominal cramps.
These usually begin six hours to six days after infection and last four to seven days.
According to the NHS, salmonella infections don't often require treatment.
Instead, drinking plenty of water is recommended in order to replace the lost fluids from vomiting or diarrhoea.
But if symptoms become severe, it's always best to contact your GP immediately for advice.
Lidl recently recalled a savoury snack over salmonella risks too.
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Elsewhere, two infants have died after bacteria infections linked to baby formula.
And dog food was recalled in February over salmonella fears, meaning pet owners were urged to check their products.
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