Swiss company Barry CallebaughThe world’s giant in the cocoa and chocolate products sector announced, Thursday, that Detection of the presence of salmonella in its factory in Wieze, Belgium. For this reason, production had to be stopped.
“Our experts have identified lecithin as a source of contamination”The company explained in a statement, after the discovery of salmonella “in a batch manufactured in Wieze”, a manufacturing unit located northeast of Brussels.
In the statement, the company announced, “All chocolate products manufactured in Wizz after June 25 have been banned” and that production lines It will be cleared before restarting. Manufacture.
In turn, the company stated that “In contact with all customers who may have received contaminated products”Production will be suspended until further notice.
“Most of the contaminated products are still at the Wizz plant” and a small amount “with our customers,” a company spokesperson explained. Barry Callebaut has already been in contact with 73 customers to ensure consumers are not “contaminated,” reportedly. The company’s factory in Wieze, which the company considers to be the largest of its kind in the world, does not produce chocolate intended for direct marketing to consumers.
Barry Callebaugh groupYou are It supplies cocoa and chocolate preparations to many companies in the food sector, especially the major brands in the chocolate sector, such as Hershey, Mondelez, or Nestle. According to its 2021/2022 balance, its annual sales amounted to 2.2 million tons in that period.
The giant company is headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, although it has about 60 production units around the world, and It employs about 13,000 people.
Last April, the Belgian Food Safety Agency Already decided to close the factory Another giant brand in the chocolate sector, Kinder (from the Italian Ferrero group), due to the spread of salmonella.