Salmonella discovered in world’s greatest chocolate factory

    Melted chocolate before being moulded at the factory in Wieze, eastern Flander

    Revealed: The Secrets our Clients Used to Earn $3 Billion

    Melted chocolate prior to being moulded at the factory in Wieze, eastern Flanders (Picture: AFP)

    Production has actually stopped at the world’s greatest chocolate factory after salmonella germs were found.

    The plant provides chocolate items to international consumers consisting of Hershey, Mondelez, Nestle and Unilever.

    It is run by Swiss giant Barry Callebaut in the Belgian town of Wieze, producing liquid chocolate in wholesale batches for 73 customers.

    A business representative stated today that any consumers who may have gotten polluted chocolate would be gotten in touch with.

    Spokesman Korneel Warlop stated: ‘All items produced because the test have actually been obstructed.

    ‘Chocolate production in Wieze remains suspended until further notice.’

    It comes simply a couple of months after households in the UK were informed to toss out any Kinder Eggs they had at house due to salmonella threat.

    In the UK, 70 kids, mainly aged under 5, fell ill with gastrointestinal disorder.

    An examination stated samples matched the very same salmonella pressure contaminating them to samples drawn from a different factory in Belgium last December.

    The Barry Callebaut production site in Wieze, Lebbeke

    The Barry Callebaut production website in Wieze, Lebbeke (Picture: Rex)

    Kinder products were previously recalled in April this year, before Easter

    Kinder items were formerly remembered in April this year, prior to Easter (Picture: Rex)

    At the time, Dame Jenny Harries, president of the UKHSA, alerted that salmonella infection ‘can be severe and many children affected in this outbreak have been very unwell and hospitalised’.

    In today’s event, the representative for Barry Callebaut stated that the majority of the items found to be polluted are still on the website.

    The company has actually gotten in touch with all its customers and inquired not to deliver any items they have actually made with chocolate made because June 25 at the Wieze plant, which remains in Flanders, northwest of Brussels.

    Belgium’s food security firm AFSCA has actually been notified and a spokesperson informed AFP it had actually opened an examination.

    The Wieze plant does not make chocolates to be offered straight to customers, and the company has no factor yet to think that any polluted products made by customers have actually yet made it onto store racks.

    Swiss group Barry Callebaut is world top in the sector, with yearly sales totaled up to 2.2 million tonnes throughout the 2020-2021 fiscal year.

    Over the previous fiscal year, the group, which has a head workplace remains in Zurich, created a net earnings of 384.5 million Swiss francs (₤331 million) for 7.2 billion francs in turnover.

    The group uses more than 13,000 individuals, has more than 60 production websites worldwide.

    Belgian health authorities revealed on June 17 that they had actually okayed to reboot the Ferrero factory in Arlons, where the previous Kinder contamination originated from.

    This will be for a three-month test duration.

    Get in touch with our news group by emailing us at

    For more stories like this, inspect our news page