HCMC – The Ministry of Industry and Trade has ordered firms, food distributors, the Vietnam Retailers Association and the Vietnam Market Development Association to recall Kinder chocolate egg products over fears of salmonella contamination.
The ministry also asked suppliers to stop selling these products until further notice, the local media reported.
The recall of Kinder Surprise chocolate eggs is aimed at checking their food safety for a potential link to salmonella contamination. Salmonella is a common bacterial disease that affects the intestinal tract.
The recall came after some European countries, including Britain and Ireland, warned against and recalled Kinder Surprise due to several reported cases of salmonella.
On April 2, Italian confectionery group Ferrero recalled some batches of Kinder Surprise chocolates sold in Britain after discovering tens of Salmonella cases linked to eating the chocolates. Meanwhile, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland recalled several batches of the Kinder Surprise chocolate eggs in the market. The affected chocolate was manufactured in Belgium.
In another development, the Science and Technology Department at the ministry on April 14 released a warning from the British Food Standards Authority against the XZL Milk Fruit Jelly School Bag.
The department also announced that Interdragon International Trading Co. Ltd and Asia Oriental Market were recalling the XZL Milk Fruit Jelly School Bag as the product contains Carrageenan, Sodium Alginate and Konjac and presents a choking hazard.
As such, the ministry warned customers against consuming the XZL Milk Fruit Jelly School Bag.