On Monday June 27, Barry Callebaut detected a salmonella positive production lot manufactured in Wieze, Belgium. For Barry Callebaut food safety is paramount.
"Our robust food safety programs in place allowed us to quickly identify lecithin as the source of the contamination," said the company. Barry Callebaut informed the Belgian food authorities (FAVV) about the incident and has taken the precautionary measure to stop all chocolate production lines and to block all products manufactured since the time of testing. 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.
Barry Callebaut will now take the time to continue with the very diligent 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. Today Barry Callebaut confirmed that no affected chocolate products entered the retail food chain.