62 salmonella infections linked to Ferrero factory in Arlon, investigation confirms

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BRUSSELS, May 13 (Xinhua) -- An investigation has concluded that 62 people came down with salmonella after consuming Kinder chocolate products made at a Ferrero factory in Arlon, Belgium, back in April, the Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain (FASFC) said in a press release on Friday.

The investigation was carried out jointly by the FASFC, the National Reference Laboratory (NRL) for Salmonella, and Belgium's Agency for a Quality Life (AViQ) and the Common Community Commission (GGC) Brussels.

No significant increase in the number of infections is expected, the press release said.

The ECDC (European Center for Disease Prevention and Control) had previously reported confirmed cases of salmonella in Europe and the United Kingdom (UK) linked to the Ferrero factory in Arlon.

The FASFC decided in April to withdraw the factory's authorization to continue operations and to remind consumers to return all Kinder products manufactured at that plant.

At the end of last week, Ferrero officially submitted a new authorization request to the FASFC. If the conclusions of the FASFC's assessment are favorable, a provisional authorization will be granted. Enditem

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