Paris (CNN Business)Belgium'schocolate factorytemporarily discovers Salmonella in production batches I closed the door.
Swiss chocolate producer Barry Callebaut suspended production at its factory in Wieze, Belgium on Monday, the company said in a statement Thursday.
According to the government tourism website Visit Flanders, the Weise factory is the largest chocolate factory in the world.
"Food safety is a top priority for Barry Callebaut. The strong food safety program in place has allowed us to quickly identify lecithin as a source of pollution," read the statement. Added that it has notified the Belgian Food Authority (FAVV). Of the incident.
Lecithin is a fatty substance used to bind other ingredients in chocolate.
Employees of Barry Callebaut in Weese, near Brussels, on June 30, 2022. Walk the production site. Group Barry Callebaut, Switzerland's largest cocoa and chocolate company, produces chocolate at its world's largest Weise (Belgium) plant on June 30, 2022, after the mass discovery of salmonella on June 26. Said that he stopped.
The company said it has taken precautionary measures, including the recovery of all products manufactured after the time of testing. Production at Weese will remain suspended until further notice.
"We are currently contacting all customers who may have received the affected product," the statement said.
With sales of about $ 8 billion in fiscal year 2020-21, the company manufactures chocolates for other chocolate makers, including small chocolatiers and well-known brands, but when asked, customers Refused to provide the name of. Depends on CNN business.
"Barry Callebaut will take the time to continue with a very enthusiastic root cause analysis. The process will continue to inform the FAVV. Once done, before resuming the production process. The line is cleaned and disinfected, "the company said.
— Anna Cooban contributed to the report.