Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Directorate General of Food and Control, after the recall of Kinder brand products in some European countries due to the detection of salmonella bacteria, made mandatory the analysis at 100% Salmonella when importing these products until a second instruction in Turkey.
Salmonella bacteria, which was first observed in more than 60 children in the UK recently, has also revealed the risk of a new outbreak. After the exams, the only product that children who encounter bacteria in their bodies eat in common: Kinder Surprise eggs produced by Ferrero. The UK Food Standards Agency has announced that chocolate company Ferrero is continuing its investigations into the outbreak and recalling certain batches of Kinder Surprise eggs produced.
A statement from the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry has been released for Kinder products, essential for children in our country.
SALMONELLA TESTING REQUIRED ON KINDER PRODUCTS
Regarding the subject, the following statements were included in the letter sent to the 44 provincial directorates authorized to import medicinal plants;
“In notifications received from the European Union Rapid Alert Notification in Food and Feed (RASFF) and INFOSAN, our country is informed that there is an outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium in the world, the source of the outbreak is Kinder brand chocolate products and at-risk products and lot numbers are being recalled.
The products at risk specified in the notifications received are sent to you, together with the batch number, for the purpose of carrying out official controls.
In addition, in order to prevent the spread of the epidemic in our country; Percentage of imports of Kinder branded products (Kinder Surprise Eggs, Kinder Mini Eggs, Kinder Schokobons, Uovo Maxi, Kinder Mix, Kinder Circus, Kinder Happy Moments, Kinder Cross Cat Mix, Mixed Patisserie PRA, etc.) until further notice , regardless of It was decided to perform 100 Salmonella analyses.
FACTORY SEALED IN BELGIUM
The Belgian Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (FAVV) has temporarily closed the factory of the company Ferrero, which has Salmonella bacteria in its Kinder chocolate products.
In news published by the BBC on April 9; Together with the Netherlands and Belgium have decided to recall all products made at the Ferrero chocolate factory in the city of Arlon
Belgian authorities deepened the investigation after the company Ferrero announced for the first time that Salmonella bacteria had been found in a tank filter containing raw materials during routine checks on December 15.
The Belgian Food and Consumer Products Safety Authority suspended the license of Ferrero, which did not notify official authorities of the bacteria detected on December 15. FAVV also sealed off the plant in Arlon, Belgium, closing it temporarily.
Production will not continue until the Italian-based chocolate producer acts in accordance with food safety regulations and ensures product safety.
The Belgian and Dutch authorities, who previously wanted only certain products to be recalled, have called for the withdrawal of all Kinder products produced here after the closure of the factory.
The Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) and Belgian equivalent body FAVV have recommended that any Kinder chocolate product made at the Ferrero factory in Arlon should not be consumed.
“We are investigating whether Ferrero correctly predicted the risks. The company has no guarantee that the products it has produced in recent months are now safe. We therefore have no choice but to recall all products and asking people not to eat them,” an FAVV official said. Hélène Bonte told Belgian media.
“VIRUS PRODUCTS WERE NOT IMPORTED INTO TURKEY”
Ferrero Chocolate, an Italian confectionery company, made a statement in Turkey on April 5 regarding Kinder Surprise eggs, which are also sold in Turkey. In the statement, it was stated that the products in which the virus was found were not imported into Turkey, and the following was stated: “No products imported and offered for sale by Ferrero Chocolate Turkey are affected by the above situation. We are cooperating with local authorities in ongoing quality processes regarding the possible connection of Kinder Surprise products with cases of Salmonella in certain countries. Although no evidence of Salmonella is found in any published Kinder product in the tests and reviews conducted, we take this issue very seriously, considering consumer health our top priority. In this context, we are voluntarily recalling our products, which are manufactured in our Belgian factory and have a best-before date between July 11, 2022 and October 7, 2022.”
WHAT IS SALMONELLA?
Salmonella is a rod-shaped bacterium from the Enterobacteriaceae family. About 2000 subtypes cause disease in humans. Salmonella typhi (typhoid) and Salmonella paratyphi (paratyphoid) are species that only cause diseases called enteric fever (typhoid, paratyphoid) in humans and can develop into epidemics from time to time. Salmonella subtypes other than these are called nontyphoidal salmonellae.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF SALMONELLA?
Approximately 12 to 72 hours after Salmonella bacteria are introduced into the body, symptoms of illness appear in the form of diarrhea, fever, nausea, vomiting and abdominal cramps.
The illness usually lasts 4-7 days and most people recover without treatment.
In some people, the diarrhea may be severe enough to require hospitalization.
The disease is more severe in the elderly, infants, and people with weakened immune systems.
HOW IS THE SALMONELLA VIRUS TRANSMITTED?
Drinking and using contaminated water (contaminated with bacteria) of unknown origin,
Human and animal wastes are not disposed of properly and their mixing with spring waters,
It can be transmitted due to insufficient chlorination of drinking water and running water.
Foods that carry Salmonella and are undercooked, such as meat, eggs, milk and dairy products,
Unpasteurized milk or juice, cheese,
It can also be transmitted through raw vegetables and contaminated (dirty) fruits, spices and snacks.
After contact with sick poultry,
Infection can occur if hygiene rules are not followed, especially after contact with reptiles such as snakes, turtles, lizards, frogs, birds and domestic animals such as chicks.
Bacteria can be transmitted from sick people to other people