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Salmonella found in the world's largest chocolate factory

Salmonella was found in the world's largest chocolate factory run by Swiss giant Barry Calebeau in the town of Weeds, Belgium, the company said Thursday.

A spokesman for a company said production of Agence France-Presse was discontinued at the factory. The factory mass-produces liquid chocolate for 73 confectionery customers.

"All products manufactured after testing have been blocked," said spokesman Korneel Warlop.

"Currently, Barry Callebaut is contacting all customers who may have received contaminated products. Chocolate at Wieze Production remains suspended until further notice. "

Most of the products found to be contaminated are still on the site, he said.

However, the company has contacted all clients and will not ship products made from chocolate made after June 25th at these Wieze plants in Flanders, northwest of Brussels. I asked for it.

Notified by the Belgian food safety agency AFSCA, a spokesman told AFP that he had begun an investigation.

The Wieze factory does not produce chocolates for sale directly to consumers, and the company says there is no reason to believe that contaminated products manufactured by customers were brought to store shelves. ..

Fear comes a few weeks after the Salmonella-contaminated chocolate incident at the Ferrero plant in Aaron, southern Belgium, where Kinder chocolate is manufactured.

On June 17, Belgian health officials announced that they had issued a green light to reopen the Italian giant's factory in a three-month test period.

The Swiss group Barry Callebaut supplies cocoa and chocolate products to many companies in the food industry, including major companies such as Hershey, Mondelez, Nestle and Unilever.

It is the number one in the world in this field, with annual sales of 2.2 million tons for the fiscal year 2020-2021.

In the past fiscal year, the group headquartered in Zurich generated a net profit of CHF 384.5 million ($ 402 million).

This group employs more than 13,000 people and has more than 60 production sites around the world. 

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