Chocolate maker Ferrero is expanding its recall of Kinder products to include all Belgian-made products sold in New Zealand.  (File photo)

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Chocolate maker Ferrero is expanding its recall of Kinder products to include all Belgian-made products sold in New Zealand. (File photo)

The maker of Kinder Surprise chocolate eggs is recalling more Kinder-branded products from New Zealand retailers due to possible contamination with salmonella bacteria.

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“> recalled a specific batch of the Kinder Surprise Maxi product sold in New Zealand.

On Tuesday, the recall was expanded to include all Belgian-made Kinder products, including all batches and date ranges.

New Zealand Food Safety deputy director-general Vincent Arbuckle said the recall previously covered products with best before dates up to October 7, 2022.

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“Products under recall have expanded to include any Kinder product made in Belgium, including all batches and date ranges,” he said.

Ferrero confirmed the following products had been imported:

  • All batches of Kinder Surprise Maxi Eggs (100g) White, Natoons, Frozen, Christmas and Miraculous Range.
  • All batches and sizes of Kinder Mini Eggs Hazelnut
  • All batches of Kinder Happy Moments Ballotin (190g) (Christmas product)
  • All batches of Kinder (133g) with a plush toy (Christmas product)

These products were sold throughout New Zealand and people should check their labels, Arbuckle said.

“If it says ‘Made in Belgium’ it will be covered by the recall and should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase. If you are in any doubt, please return the product to the place of purchase.

“We know these products, which contain small toys, are particularly popular with children, so we urge people to take every precaution. The effects of salmonella infection can be serious, particularly in children younger than 5 years, adults 65 and over, and people with weakened immune systems. “

Most people infected with salmonella develop diarrhoea, fever, and stomach cramps within six days of exposure to the bactria.

The illness usually lasts four to seven days and most healthy adults recover without treatment.

More information on the recall can be found on the Ministry for Primary Industries’ food recall website.

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