August 26, 2015
Salmonella Identified in Chocolate Bars Distributed to at Least 20 Countries
Chocolate products distributed throughout Europe have been recalled after testing positive for salmonella
Chocolate wafer bars manufactured in the Netherlands and distributed to at least 20 countries — including Australia, Germany, France, Italy, Luxembourg, Sweden, Switzerland, and the U.K. — were found to contain salmonella, the European Commission has warned.
An update later included Belarus, Croatia, Estonia, Iceland, the Ukraine, Norway, and Spain among the countries affected.
The bars were sold under a number of different labels, including Valeo Foods and Bakers Delight, and for different grocery chains like Tesco and Asda. Affected items were sold under the names Cosenza Gluten Free Crispy Chocolate Wafers, Atkins Chocolate Break, Twin Bar, “Free From” Belgian Chocolate Wafers, and several others.
Companies distributing the affected products have initiated recalls, and production in the Netherlands has been shut down for the time being, the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority confirmed.
At this point, it is unknown when the contaminated facility will resume production.