The Arlon prosecutor’s office in southern Belgium announced that 6 searches were carried out in Ferrero factories which manufacture Kinder biscuits and chocolates. A judicial inquiry has been launched following the salmonella poisoning scandal.
It was the Arlon plant that triggered the health scandal that spread like wildfire in Europe and elsewhere. The Belgian authorities decided to close it on April 8 on the decision of the health authorities.
And since then, production has been stopped and the entire Kinder range produced there (Kinder Surprise, Kinder Mini Eggs, Kinder Surprise Maxi 100g and Kinder Schoko-Bons) was recalled in April.
In Brussels, the authorities carried out two other searches and three in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg where the group founded in Italy has its head office, said in a press release Anne-Sophie Guilmot, spokesperson for the prosecution of the Belgian province of Luxembourg. .
“Documents and computer equipment” were seized but there were no arrests, added Ms. Guilmot.
Despite the resounding health scandal and the thousands of unfit products that pose a danger to children, the first consumers of these treats, the investigation could not identify anyone responsible and no one has been charged until today. today.
The investigation was opened on April 19 by an investigating judge from Arlon and aims to determine the responsibilities in this contamination with possible shortcomings in terms of communication to the health authorities.
It targets suspicions of failure to comply with “traceability obligations in the food chain”, “breaches of the legal provisions on the safety and hygiene of foodstuffs”, “involuntary bodily harm” and “non-assistance in person at risk,” the statement said.
The Ferrero group is suspected of not having raised the alert quickly for salmonellosis infections which have been identified as a dairy butter vat.
This causes symptoms similar to those of sometimes acute gastroenteritis: diarrhea and abdominal cramps, slight fever, even vomiting.