Salmonella outbreak: the largest chocolate factory in the world stops production

The belts are stationary in the largest chocolate factory in the world. Products for Nestlé, Mondelez, Unilever and Hershy are otherwise manufactured there.

A new case of salmonella contamination in Belgium has closed the largest chocolate factory in the world. Swiss chocolate and cocoa producer Barry Callebaut has stopped production at its Wieze plant until further notice. The pathogen was discovered on Monday, the company announced Thursday. The Belgian Food Safety Authority (FAVV) has been informed. Customers were asked to withhold delivered products, the Zurich-based company said. Read here what salmonella is and how you can protect yourself.

According to Barry Callebaut, the lecithin used in the production of the chocolate has been identified as the source of the contamination. The team now wants to carefully investigate the cause of the contamination, then clean the systems and put them back into operation. According to the company, the Wieze plant is the largest chocolate production facility in the world. Barry Callebaut’s clients include food companies such as Nestlé, Mondelez, Unilever and Hershy.

In April, Italian confectionery group Ferrero temporarily closed its Arlon, Belgium plant due to possible salmonella contamination (reported by t-online). Infection with the pathogen is often associated with symptoms such as diarrhea, abdominal pain and vomiting, which usually disappear after a few days. A disease can be dangerous for children, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems.

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