Ferrero: Belgian factory restarts after salmonella outbreak

31-May-2022 - France

Following the international recall of children's chocolate products, Ferrero plans to restart the factory in Arlon, Belgium, blamed for the salmonella outbreak. "We have requested a restart from June 13 in order to restart production as soon as possible," Ferrero France CEO Nicolas Neykov told Le Parisien newspaper on Friday. A hygiene plan was submitted to the Belgian authorities for this purpose at the beginning of May, he said.

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A thousand workers are busy preparing for the restart, according to the report. 10,000 parts in the factory had been dismantled and cleaned individually.

In April, Ferrero had been forced to close the plant on orders from authorities after an accumulation of salmonella infections linked to "children's" products from the factory.

All children's chocolate products manufactured and shipped from Arlon were recalled. As Neykov said, it was about more than 3000 tons of products, in the Easter business there was a 40% drop in sales. A filter in a tank at the Belgian factory was identified as the cause of the infection cases.

As the Ferrero boss said, raw materials should be kept completely separate from the rest of the factory in the future to prevent renewed hygiene problems. Employees should also pass through a sluice to prevent pathogens from outside entering the production process. The company had been subjected to a wide range of checks and controls worldwide. In the future, half of the company's own inspections would also be carried out by external, certified laboratories./evs/DP/eas (dpa)

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