Barry Callebaut Confirms No Salmonella Positive Chocolate Entered Retail Food Chain


Wieze, Belgium — Based on an internal investigation, Barry Callebaut Group has confirmed that no chocolate products affected by a salmonella-positive production lot in its Wieze, Belgium, facility entered the retail food chain.

The investigation has been shared with the Belgian Food Safety Authorities (FAVV) for assessment.

The company states that food safety is paramount and that this was an exceptional incident. Along with a food safety charter and procedure in place, more than 230 colleagues in Europe and more than 650 worldwide are working on food safety and quality. At the site in Wieze, employees have been trained to recognize food safety risks, which allowed the teams to quickly identify the risk and initiate the root cause analysis.

Chocolate production in Wieze will remain suspended until further notice and Barry Callebaut is pursuing its root cause analysis and keeping the FAVV informed in the process. When the analyses are completed, the lines will be cleaned and disinfected before the production process resumes.