Lidl US Recalls Advent Calendars Due to Risk of Salmonella

Lidl US is voluntarily recalling Favorina branded Advent Calendars due to potential salmonella contamination, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced.

The salmonella was found during routine testing performed by Lidl. To date, the company has not received any reports or complaints of illness related to this product.

The 8.4 oz Favorina branded Advent Calendars (Premium Chocolate with a Creamy Filling) affected by this recall were available for sale at Lidl stores between October 12, 2022, and December 5, 2022.

The products have the “Best if used by” the year 2023 and a barcode number of 4056489516965, according to the FDA’s notice.

Salmonella bacteria cause about 1.35 million infections, 26,500 hospitalizations, and 420 deaths in the US every year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates.

Most people with a salmonella infection experience diarrhea that can contain blood, fever, and stomach cramps. Some people may also develop nausea, vomiting, or a headache. Symptoms typically start between six hours to six days after infection.

In rare cases, the bacteria can get into the bloodstream and cause more severe illnesses, such as arterial infections, endocarditis, and arthritis.

Salmonella infection is especially dangerous for young children, elderly people, and others with a weakened immune system. However, most people will recover in 4 to 7 days without special treatment.

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