Supermarket Chain Recalls Chocolate Advent Calendars

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Lidl voluntarily recalled their Favorina 8.4-ounce premium chocolate Advent calendar due to salmonella concerns. In a firm release on the U.S. FDA website Dec. 6.

Salmonella can kill small children, fragile and old persons, and others with compromised immune systems.

Salmonella infects healthy persons with fever, diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal discomfort.

Routine testing revealed the problem. Lidl reported no recall-related illnesses on Dec. 6.

Lidl sold impacted products from Oct. 12 to Dec. 5. Their barcode number is 4056489516965 and their "Best if Used By" year is 2023.

Lidl US customers with recall inquiries may contact 1-844-747-5435. Lidl US apologised for this voluntary recall.

Salmonella can enter the circulation and cause arterial infections, endocarditis, and arthritis in rare cases.

Salmonella causes 1.35 million infections, 26,500 hospitalizations, and 420 deaths in the US, according to the CDC.

Advent begins the fourth Sunday before Christmas and continues every Sunday until Christmas. Advent started on Nov. 27 and ended on Christmas Eve this year.

Lidl, based in Germany, has over 12,000 shops in 32 countries and 360,000 workers. In June 2015, the firm opened its U.S. headquarters in Arlington, Va.

Schwarz Group, the world's fifth-largest retailer, owns 1973-founded Lidl.

Most items are displayed in their shipping boxes for a zero-waste, no-frills, "pass-the-savings-to-the-consumer" strategy.

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