Salmonella: Barry Callebaut, the world’s largest chocolate manufacturing facility, closes because of outbreak

Swiss chocolatier Barry Callebaut halted production at its factory in Wieze, Belgium, on Monday, the company said in a statement Thursday.

The Wieze factory is the largest chocolate factory in the world, according to government tourism website Visit Flanders.

“For Barry Callebaut, food safety is paramount. Our robust food safety programs in place allow us to quickly identify lecithin as a source of contamination,” reads the statement. and adds that the Belgian food agency (FAVV) has been informed of the incident.

Lecithin is a fat used to bind other ingredients in chocolate.

Employees walk at the Barry Callebaut production site in Wieze, near Brussels, on June 30, 2022. Swiss group Barry Callebaut, the world's largest cocoa and chocolate company, said on Monday. June 30, 2022, that they stopped making chocolate at their Wieze (Belgium) factory, billed as the world's largest, after salmonella was found in a batch on June 26 .

The company said it has taken precautions, including recalling all products it has produced since the time of testing. Production in Wieze will remain suspended until further notice.

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

The company, which has revenue of nearly $8 billion in fiscal year 2020-21, produces chocolate for other chocolate makers, including small chocolate makers and major brands, although although they declined to provide the customer’s name when asked by CNN Business.

“Barry Callebaut will now take the time to continue the root cause analysis very hard – keeping the FAVV informed in the process. Once that’s done, the lines will be cleaned and disinfected before moving on. manufacturing process,” the company said.

Anna Cooban contributed reporting.

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