Outbreaks of Chocolate-Related Salmonella Epidemic In Many Countries

Recently, outbreaks of salmonella related to chocolate products produced in Belgium have occurred in many countries in Europe and the United States. The chocolate in question have been sold to at least 113 countries and regions, including China, and related news has been on the hot search. The International Network of Food Safety Authorities (INFOSAN) issued a global alert on April 10, initiating a global product recall.

The affected products are tentatively scheduled for December 2021 and January 2022 for the Kinder brand of chocolate products produced at the factory in Arlon, Belgium, including:

Kinder Surprise

Kinder Mini Eggs

Kinder Surprise Maxi 100g

Kinder Schokobon

Mixed packaged products containing any of the above

So far, 151 cases of infections suspected to be caused by bad chocolate have been reported in 11 countries. Since the products in question can be purchased in China, if you have this series of chocolates produced during this period at home, don’t eat them yet, you can contact the sales channel to return them.

What is Salmonella?

Salmonella is a large group of Gram-negative bacilli with similar morphology, biochemical properties and antigenic structure. It is widely distributed in nature. People can get food poisoning if they accidentally ingest food or drink contaminated with Salmonella.

Salmonella Hazard

Salmonella food poisoning is one of the four major causes of diarrheal diseases in the world. This bacteria likes to lurk in animal foods such as meat, eggs, and milk. Because it does not break down the protein in the food, the contaminated food is removed from the surface. You can’t see it at all, it’s hard to prevent.

Salmonella Symptoms

Once Salmonella food poisoning occurs, acute gastroenteritis such as vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and even dehydration and shock may occur. For people with strong immunity, infected people may recover on their own without special treatment. However, for special groups with weak immunity such as children and the elderly, it may cause related diseases such as sepsis, and even death.

Precautionary measures

Thoroughly heating food is an effective measure to prevent Salmonella food poisoning. Following the “Five Keys to Food Safety” recommended by the World Health Organization can effectively prevent the invasion of Salmonella.

What should I do if I get recruited?

In fact, it’s not just chocolate, because salmonella is ubiquitous in the natural environment, even an ordinary meal out may be infected. If you often go out to eat, be sure to keep your dining invoices or receipts. In the unfortunate event of diarrhea, vomiting and other symptoms, you should seek medical treatment as soon as possible, keep the medical record card, laboratory report and other certificates, and promptly call the food supervision department to make a complaint and report, so that law enforcement officers can collect evidence in a timely manner.

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