Knowsley residents are being urged to check any Kinder chocolate products they might have purchased recently due to a large-scale recall.
Following an outbreak of salmonella at a factory in Belgium, a number of Kinder products could potentially pose a risk to health.
Several suspected salmonella cases have reportedly been linked to the chocolates.
These include Kinder Surprise, Kinder Mini Eggs, Kinder Surprise 100g and Kinder Schokobons.
You can read more on the recall here.
Residents who have bought the products should contact the Ferrero consumer careline on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0330 053 8943 UK or +44 (0)330 053 8943 Ireland to obtain a full refund.
What are the symptoms of Salmonella?
Salmonella are germs (bacteria) that can cause food poisoning. The time taken from picking up Salmonella to becoming ill for most people is between 6 hours and 3 days but can be longer. . Illness (symptoms) usually takes the form of:
- Loose stools (usually without blood or mucous)
- Abdominal (tummy) pain
- Fever, headache Nausea (feeling sick) and/or vomiting
- General tiredness
It is important to stay hydrated. For most people, symptoms are relatively mild and improve within 4-7 days without any specific treatment. However, sometimes, symptoms can be more severe and/or complications can occur. If symptoms are severe, a lack of fluid in the body (dehydration) can occur. You should consult a doctor quickly if you suspect that you or your child are becoming dehydrated.
Infection is most likely to be spread to others while diarrhoea is present. However, the germ may still be present in the stools after symptoms have stopped. Good hand hygiene is really important to stop spread Salmonella can be spread from person to person as well as from food, so anyone affected should adhere to good hygiene practices, such as washing hands thoroughly after using the bathroom and avoiding handling food for others where possible, if you have symptoms.
Normally people may return to work or school once they no longer have any signs of illness (diarrhoea or vomiting) for at least 48 hours.
If you think you, or someone you know, has salmonella poisoning, contact your GP or call 111.