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Salmonella back in a chocolate factory back to Belgium!

Swiss chocolate and cocoa producer Barry Callebaut has stopped production at its plant in Wieze, north of Brussels.

▶ ︎ The largest chocolate factory in the world is closed until further notice!

Barry Callebaut’s clients include food giants such as Nestlé (including Smarties, Kitkat, Nesquik), Unilever (including Magnum, Ben & Jerrys), Mondelez (including Milka, Oreo) and Hershey (Hershey bar). But bakeries and restaurants are also provided.

Plant operator Barry Callebaut assumes that the few quantities delivered since Monday have not yet been processed and sold to customers anywhere, company spokesman Frank Keidel said. However, the investigation is still ongoing.

The Wieze plant also supplies German customers. The company did not say whether any of the tainted chocolate mass was delivered to Germany. The factory will be cleaned and disinfected. It should take a few days, Keidel said.

Pathogen discovered Monday

Barry Callebaut announced that the salmonella pathogen had already been discovered on Monday. The Belgian food authority has been informed. Customers will be asked to withhold the delivered products for the time being.

According to the company, lecithin, an additive used in the production of chocolate, has been identified as a source of contamination

Salmonella infection is often associated with symptoms such as diarrhea, abdominal pain, and vomiting. Symptoms usually go away after a few days. But: for children, the elderly and immunosuppressed people, the disease can be dangerous.

In April the Italian confectionery group Ferrero temporarily closed its Arlon, Belgium plant due to salmonella contamination.

The Ferrero case is associated with 324 cases of salmonella: most of the infected are children under the age of ten. There have also been officially ten cases in Germany.

As a result, investigators searched several locations in the group. The suspicion: negligent personal injury and lack of assistance due to late consumer warning and late product recall.

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