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Imported "chocolate" stirs controversy in Bahrain and Egypt (Photo: Illustration)

Dubai, UAE / TEH: Nine Arab countries, most recently the UAE, Oman, Kuwait, and Jordan, moved against the famous chocolate, Kinder, for children, after reports linking it to a health crisis in Britain that led to food poisoning for 63 people.

And on Monday, the BBC reported that food poisoning had been recorded after an outbreak of salmonella bacteria, as a result of a possible accusation against a type of chocolate sold in the form of eggs known in Arab markets as “Kinder”, noting that quantities of it had been withdrawn from the British market “because it is It may be contaminated.

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And on Friday, the UAE Ministry of Environment announced, in a statement, that it directed the local authorities to ensure that the markets are free of this chocolate.

And it stressed the importer to withdraw it, retrieve it, destroy it, if necessary, or return it to the country of origin.

In the Sultanate of Oman, the Food Safety and Quality Center (official) clarified in a Friday statement that the necessary measures have been taken to ensure that the markets are free of this product, calling on “consumers to avoid, dispose of and report it.”

In Kuwait, the Public Authority for Food and Nutrition said, in a statement, that “the Supreme Committee for Food Safety held an emergency meeting on Friday and reported that the product in question had not been monitored in the country.”

The statement stated, “The products of that brand that produce (chocolate) that have been inspected are found to be free of contamination.”

In Jordan, Nizar Mahmoud Mhaidat, director of the “Food and Drug Corporation” (official) said in a statement, Friday, that the corporation “investigated the product in the market to ensure that the market is free of it.”

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He pointed out that “samples of the product were taken from another source as a precaution, and it was found that it was free of salmonella,” according to what was reported by the local Arabic vernacular, “Al-Dustour.”

On Tuesday, the Bahraini Ministry of Health said that it “confirmed that there is no such chocolate in the local markets,” and warned its Qatari counterpart and the “Office of Health Product Safety” in Morocco against buying or consuming it, due to the possibility of contamination with salmonella bacteria, according to separate data.

And on Wednesday, the Egyptian Consumer Protection Agency about Kinder chocolate (official) said: “The departments concerned with controlling and controlling markets have launched campaigns as a preventive measure to collect samples of the aforementioned chocolate to be tested and ensured that it is free of salmonella.”

And on Thursday, the Saudi Food and Drug Authority said in a statement that it had taken the necessary measures to ensure that local markets were free of the product, recommending consumers avoid consuming it and get rid of what they have.

And salmonella bacteria causes, in most cases, fever, headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal cramps and diarrhea.

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