World’s largest chocolate factory shuts down temporarily due to salmonella outbreak

(Nation World News Business) — A chocolate factory in Belgium temporarily closed its doors after salmonella was discovered in a production batch.

Swiss chocolate maker Barry Callebaut halted production at its plant in Viez, Belgium, on Monday, the company said in a statement on Thursday.

According to the official tourism website Visit Flanders, the Viez plant is the largest chocolate factory in the world.

“For Barry Callebaut, food safety is paramount. Our robust food safety programs allow us to quickly identify lecithin as a source of contamination,” the company said in a statement, notifying the Belgian Food Authorities (FAVV). Gone. Event.

Lecithin is a fatty substance used to bind other ingredients in chocolate.

The company said it has taken precautionary measures, including recalling all products made since the time of testing. Production in Wieze will be suspended until further notice.

“We are currently reaching out to all customers who have received the affected products,” the statement said.

In a statement Friday, Barry Callebaut said that no contaminated chocolate “entered the retail food chain”.

The company, which had about $8 billion in sales during the 2020-21 fiscal year, produces chocolates for smaller chocolates and other chocolate makers, including large brands, though asked by Nation World News Business to provide the names of its customers. refused. ,

“Barry Callebaut will now take the time to continue his very diligent root cause analysis, keeping FAVV informed throughout the process. Upon completion, the lines will be cleaned and sanitized prior to resuming the production process,” the company said.

— Anna Koban contributed to this report.

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