Heartbreaking: 3,000 tons of Ferrero chocolate ended up in the garbage
That hurts. The candy maker Ferrero had to throw in the trash at Easter because of suspected salmonella. Now the full extent is known: 3000 tons of chocolate ended up in the bin. The contamination came from a filter in a milk butter vat at a factory in Arlon, Belgium.
Chocolate products made at the Arlon factory in south-east Belgium contained salmonella, leading to 150 detected cases of salmonella poisoning in nine European countries. The factory closure and health concerns hit the owner, the Italian confectionery giant Ferreroin the middle of Easter.
Future auditors from outside
“This crisis is heartbreaking. This is the largest product recall in the last 20 years,” said Neykov. However, the company hopes to get the factory up and running again soon. In the future, 50 percent of health and safety inspections will be carried out by an approved external laboratory instead of only by internal auditors.