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Holiday food poisoning as Lidl recalls chocolate advent calendar over salmonella scare.

FDA warns that Lidl Advent calendars sold in nine states may contain chocolate containing SALMONELLA.

  • Chocolate advent calendars sold by Lidl are being recalled due to contamination
  • No illness has yet been reported due to the calendars, Lidl said
  • But salmonella is dangerous for the young, the weak and the elderly, health experts warn

Thousands of Americans have to ditch their advent calendars early, fearing they might catch salmonella.

Lidl is recalling calendars sold in more than 170 east coast stores after routine testing revealed a food poisoning bug. Customers who purchased Favorina brand calendars with cream-filled chocolates are entitled to a full refund.

Salmonella most commonly causes fever, diarrhea, and vomiting, but can be fatal in children and the elderly. For pregnant women, it can cause early labor or miscarriage.

It comes after frozen raspberries were recalled because they may contain the ultra-contagious hepatitis virus, which can cause liver failure.

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Above is the back of an advent calendar filled with creamy chocolates contaminated with salmonella.

Pictured above is the advent calendar recalled by Lidl. They were sold in more than 170 stores of the company in the United States between October 5 and December 5.

WHAT IS SALMONELLA?

Salmonella is a type of bacterial infection often described simply as “food poisoning.”

Salmonella bacteria live in the intestines of farm animals and are shed in their feces.

Most people become infected by consuming food or water contaminated with feces.

This is common in raw meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs because the cooking process kills the bugs.

Feces can get on raw meat and poultry during the slaughter process, and seafood can be contaminated if collected from contaminated water.

Contamination can also occur when preparing food by people who do not wash their hands thoroughly after using the toilet, changing diapers, or handling contaminated food.

Symptoms include:

  • feeling sick (nausea)
  • diarrhea
  • pain (vomiting)
  • stomach cramps
  • high temperature of 38C or higher
  • feeling generally unwell – for example, tiredness or aches and chills

Lidl announced the voluntary recall after notifying the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). So far, there have been no reports of illness,” the report said.

But customers are asked to return the calendars for a full refund.

The calendars contain 25 chocolates decorated with a snowy Christmas scene and filled with cream, marked with Lidl’s Favorina logo.

They can also be identified by the barcode number on the back of the package: 4056489516965.

The German supermarket did not say how the salmonella got into the chocolates.

But previous contaminations were caused by inadequate sanitation and dirty machinery.

Salmonella lives in the intestines of animals and is excreted in their feces.

It can contaminate food and water before humans ingest it.

Lidl did not offer to change the calendars, despite it being the eighth of December.

The nine states in which Lidl operates are: Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Virginia. Stores were also opened in Washington

A Lidl spokesperson said: “Lidl US takes the health and safety of its customers as a top priority.

‘If customers have purchased this product, they should not consume the product and return it immediately to their nearest Lidl store for a full refund.’

They added: “Liddle USA regrets any inconvenience caused by this voluntary recall, which was issued with an emphasis on the health and safety of consumers.”

The German supermarket sold the calendars in stores between October 5 and December 5.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that salmonella bacteria cause about 1.35 million infections in the United States each year, including 26,500 hospitalizations and 420 deaths.

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