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Large chocolate factory closes due to salmonella

Large chocolate factory closes due to salmonella

A chocolate factory located in Wieze in Belgium, Barry Callebaut, has temporarily closed its doors after detecting salmonella bacteria in a batch of produce, the company said in a statement on Thursday.

The factory in Wieze is the largest chocolate factory in the world, according to Belgium's government tourism website.

The company said it has taken precautions, including recalling all products manufactured since the time of the test. Production at Wieze will remain suspended until further notice.

What is Salmonella?

Salmonella food poisoning, or Salmonellosis, is a disease caused when live Salmonella bacteria enter the body. Bacteria can stick to the cells lining the intestines, from where they produce poisons and attack the intestinal cells.