DUBAI – Following the outbreak of salmonella in several European countries, linked to the consumption of Kinder chocolate products, the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) has taken the decision to recall Kinder Surprise Uovo Maxi Chocolate 100g from United Arab Emirates market.
The ministry listed the two batches linked to the incident and their expiry dates in a circular sent to local food control authorities to ensure the rapid removal of the affected products from points of sale and their destruction or return to the country of origin. origin if necessary.
The decision aligns with MOCCAE’s strategy to ensure the safety of food products entering and traded in the UAE, in line with international best practices to build consumer confidence.
The National Food Rapid Alert System has revealed that out of the wide range of Kinder products produced in eight factories and sold in the United Arab Emirates, only two batches of Kinder Surprise Uovo Maxi Chocolate 100g come from a factory in Belgium are concerned. However, the ministry will apply stricter control measures on other products from Ferrero, the maker of Kinder, which are marketed in the UAE. The system is managed by MOCCAE in coordination with local food safety entities including the Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority (ADAFSA) and the municipal authorities of Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah.
Belgian food control authorities and Ferrero are currently investigating the incident to update the list of affected products and countries.
In the United Arab Emirates, relevant entities monitor food safety using effective control systems to identify damaged, adulterated and counterfeit foods that pose a risk to public health. The ministry advises community members to seek information from reputable sources and to contact local food control authorities in case they purchase the product in question.
Ferrero exports its products to more than 160 countries, and this incident is the first of its kind for the company.