Salmonella detected at world’s largest chocolate factory
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Posted: 1 July 2022 | | No comments yet
Production at the world’s largest chocolate factory has paused after Salmonella was detected within the facility, with one particular ingredient thought to be the cause.
Salmonella has been discovered at the world’s biggest chocolate factory, halting production for the time being while investigations continue.
Barry Callebaut, the manufacturing giant which owns the factory in Wieze, Belgium, revealed that a positive Salmonella production sample was discovered at the plant on 27 June.
“Our robust food safety programmes in place allowed us to quickly identify lecithin as the source of the contamination.”
The manufacturer said it had “informed the Belgian food authorities (FAVV) about the incident and has taken the precautionary measure to stop all chocolate production lines and to block all products manufactured since the time of testing.
“We are currently reaching out to all customers who may have received impacted products. The chocolate production in Wieze will remain suspended until further notice.”
Barry Callebaut quality experts have identified lecithin as the source of the contamination, and as lecithin is used in all chocolate production, the manufacturer said it had “taken the precautionary measure to stop all production lines and to block all products manufactured since the time of testing, while we continue the root cause analysis and risk assessment.
“Out of precaution we have also asked our customers to block any shipped products. Food Safety is paramount for Barry Callebaut and this is a very exceptional case. Not only do we have a Food Safety charter and procedure in place, we also have over twenty people working on food safety and quality in Europe.
“In our local site in Wieze, we train our people to recognize food safety risks. This allowed us to quickly identify the risk and successfully start the root cause analysis.”
Barry Callebaut has confirmed that it will continue analysis to identify the root cause of the contamination – keeping the Belgian food safety authorities informed at all times. The manufacturer has confirmed that once the analysis is complete, all production lines will be disinfected before production resumes.