Following on from authorisation by the Belgian food safety authority (AFSCA) Ferrero’s Kinder Surprise will be back on UK shelves, while production lines will be restarted in the company’s factory in Arlon, Belgium, in June. Earlier this year, Ferrero recalled Kinder Surprise chocolate eggs from UK shelves two weeks before Easter over a potential link to numerous salmonella cases.
In order for the factory to restart production, extensive cleaning and food safety controls had to be carried out in close cooperation with AFSCA. Consequently, more than 1000 Ferrero employees worked alongside independent specialists to prepare the factory for reopening, more than 1800 quality tests were completed, product safety protocols, training and sampling were updated in the plant, and significant investments were made into the factory including the replacement of equipment and 300m of new pipeline.
New Kinder Surprise eggs will be marked with best before dates from April 20, 2023, and will be widely available across retail and independent stores from this week.
“As our Kinder Surprise products start to appear in stores again this summer, we would like to thank the food safety authorities, including the UK Food Standards Agency and the Food Safety Authority Ireland for their support and guidance,” said Philippe Steyaert, Regional Director at Ferrero UK and Ireland.
“The trust our consumers place in our products is incredibly important to us all at Ferrero and we promise to do everything we can to rebuild this,” he concluded.
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