Friday, July 7, 2006

Factory Follow-Ups

Here’s the follow-up on the previous stories about health and safety of various chocolate products:

The Mars factory in Oak Brook, Il reopened on July 4th after passing another inspection.

Parent company Masterfoods USA issued a statement Monday: “Consumers can be assured that this brief stoppage has not impacted the quality of our products.”

Um,  yeah, I wasn’t worried about the stoppage impacting the quality ... it was the mouse turds I was concerned with.

See story here.

The more recent news out of the UK over the Cadbury Salmonella montevideo contamination is more complex. More testing is being performed on recalled items as well as products that were not included in the initial recall and the Freddo bar has been deemed safe.

But other reports are mentioning that Cadbury may have sold some of the raw product to other manufacturers (not uncommon as there are very few actual chocolate factories in the world). Cadbury has agreed to a complete cleaning of their facility and production line ... which I find surprising that they haven’t already done that. What’s more, once the crumb is used in other manufacturing elsewhere, it could contaminate other production lines.

It seems the one lesson Cadbury has learned is that they need to improve their testing. They did update their recall list and took some of the Freddos (but not all) off but added the Dairy Milk Mint 250 g bar. See article here.

POSTED BY Cybele AT 10:42 am Tracker Pixel for Entry     News

  1. Yeah, both places are taking their sweet (hahahaha, ok bad pun) time to rectify these situations. Not good. :-(

    Comment by Sera on 7/07/06 at 4:56 pm #
  2. When I found out that Hershey (Peppermint Patty) moved their Peppermint Patty plant to Mexico I stopped buying them. Now that I found the 3 Musketeers Mint I am happy, but really want to know where it is made.

    I did not stop buying Peppermint Patty’s because it was made by a particular nationality, I stopped buying it because Hershey put American workers out of work.

    Comment by Donna on 11/02/10 at 5:19 am #
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