Following the news this week that Swiss group Barry Callebaut detected salmonella in a production lot at its factory in Wieze, Belgium, the group has confirmed that no affected chocolate products by the salmonella-positive production lot entered the retail food chain. 

This conclusion is based on the group’s internal investigation. The Group has shared its internal investigation with the Belgian Food Safety Authorities (FAVV) for assessment. 

Quick and decisive action protected consumers from health risks 

On Monday June 27, 2022 Barry Callebaut detected a salmonella positive production lot manufactured in Wieze, Belgium. 

The group’s robust food safety programmes in place allowed it to quickly identify lecithin as the source of the contamination, an ingredient widely used in chocolate production. 

Barry Callebaut informed the FAVV about the incident, stopped all chocolate production lines as a precautionary measure and put a hold on all products manufactured since the time of testing.