Barry Callebaut is a Belgian-Swiss cocoa processor and chocolate manufacturer. It has an average annual production of 2.2 million tonnes of cocoa & chocolate. It was set up in 1996 by merging the French firm Cacao Barry and the Belgian chocolate manufacturer Callebaut. The company said yesterday that Salmonella bacteria was found in a production batch. So, the business is temporarily closing operations at its Wieze factory in Belgium – the largest chocolate factory in the world.
It has taken care to halt all chocolate production lines. Additionally, it has prohibited all goods after informing the Belgian food authorities (FAVV). A statement on Barry Callebaut’s website says, “We are currently reaching out to all customers who may have received impacted products. The chocolate production in Wieze will remain suspended until further notice.” Quality specialists have identified Lecithin as the contaminant source. It is a fatty substance that binds ingredients in chocolate making.
The company added, “Barry Callebaut will now take the time to continue with the very root cause analysis – keeping the FAVV informed in the process. When that is completed the lines will be cleaned and disinfected before resuming the production process.” Its shares had fallen by 2.6 percent by 1150 GMT.