Salmonella found in world’s biggest chocolate plant

Salmonella micro organism have been found in the world’s biggest chocolate plant, run by Swiss large Barry Callebaut in the Belgian city of Wieze, the company mentioned Thursday.

A company spokesman informed Agence France-Presse manufacturing had been halted on the manufacturing unit, which produces liquid chocolate in wholesale batches for 73 shoppers that make confectionaries.

“All products manufactured since the test have been blocked,” spokesman Korneel Warlop mentioned.

“Barry Callebaut is currently contacting all customers who may have received contaminated products. Chocolate production in Wieze remains suspended until further notice.”

Most of the merchandise found to be contaminated are nonetheless on the positioning, he mentioned.

But the company has contacted all its shoppers and requested them to not ship any merchandise they’ve made with chocolate made since June 25 at these Wieze plant, which is in Flanders, northwest of Brussels.

Belgium’s meals security company AFSCA has been knowledgeable and a spokesman informed AFP it had opened an investigation.

The Wieze plant would not make sweets to be bought on to customers and the company says it has no cause to consider any contaminated items made by shoppers have made it onto store cabinets.

The scare comes a number of weeks after a case of sweets contaminated with salmonella in the Ferrero manufacturing unit in Arlon in southern Belgium, which manufactures Kinder sweets.

Belgian well being authorities introduced on June 17 that that they had given the inexperienced gentle to restart the Italian large’s manufacturing unit for a three-month take a look at interval.

Swiss group Barry Callebaut provides cocoa and chocolate merchandise to many corporations in the meals business, together with business giants similar to Hershey, Mondelez, Nestle or Unilever.

World primary in the sector, its annual gross sales amounted to 2.2 million tons in the course of the 2020-2021 monetary year.

Over the previous monetary year, the group, whose head office is in Zurich, generated a web revenue of 384.5 million Swiss francs ($402 million).

The group employs greater than 13,000 folks, has greater than 60 manufacturing websites worldwide. 

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