Hong Kong – Not to consume two types of imported chocolate products with possible contamination with Salmonella

CFS

Issue Date 14.4.2022
Source of Information Notification from the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed of the European Commission
Food Product Chocolate products
Product Name and Description Product name: Kinder Überraschung Maxi Rosa 100g XMAS

Brand: Kinder

Place of origin: Belgium

Net weight: 100 grams per pack

Best-before date: April 20, 2022

Product name: Kinder Überraschung Maxi Classic 100g XMAS

Brand: Kinder

Place of origin: Belgium

Net weight: 100 grams per pack

Best-before date: April 20, 2022

Reason For Issuing Alert The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) received a notification from the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed of the European Commission that two of the chocolate products that are possibly contaminated with Salmonella have been imported into Hong Kong.

Salmonella infection may cause fever and gastrointestinal upset such as vomiting, abdominal pain and diarrhoea. The effects on infants, young children, the elderly and persons with a weak immune system could be more severe and may even lead to death.

Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety The CFS has immediately contacted local importers for follow-up. An importer, CIAO International Limited, had imported the affected batches of products. As a precautionary measure, the importer has already stopped sales and removed from shelves the affected products on April 7, and will initiate a recall according to the CFS’s instructions.

The CFS has stepped up testing of related products as well as alerting the trade to the incident, and will continue to follow up, closely liaise with overseas authorities and take appropriate action. An investigation is ongoing.

Advice to the Trade The trade should stop using or selling the affected products immediately if they possess them.
Advice to Consumers Do not consume the affected products.
Further Information The CFS press release

The latest information of affected products can be found at the CFS’s Food Incident Post webpage (www.cfs.gov.hk/english/rc/subject/fi_list.html).

Members of the public may call the hotline of the importer, CIAO International Limited, at 2755 7777 during office hours for enquiries about the recall.

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