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Belgian chocolate factory closed after salmonella infection

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Brussels (AP) — A huge Belgian chocolate factory stopped production after detecting Salmonella in a batch of chocolate.

Barry Callebaut said Thursday that the world's largest chocolate factory, Weese, had closed all production lines as a precautionary measure during pollution investigations.

Barry Callebaut manufactures multiple brands of chocolate for sale around the world.

The company said Salmonella was detected on Monday and all chocolate products manufactured at the factory were put on hold until the investigation was conducted. As a source of pollution, we identified lecithin, an emulsifier commonly used in the production of chocolate.

The company said it has notified the Belgian food safety authorities and is contacting customers who may be contaminating their products.

It's unclear if there are reports of consumers being drunk with chocolate.

Earlier this year, at least 200 cases of Salmonella reported were thought to be related to chocolate Easter eggs made at another Belgian factory operated by the Italian company Ferrero. I did.