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No chocolate letters from Tony with Sinterklaas this year: production still halted after salmonella contamination

No chocolate letters from Tony with Sinterklaas this year: production still halted after salmonella contamination

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Sinterklaas can’t go to Tony’s Chocolonely for his chocolate letters this year. A spokesman for Tony confirmed that the supplier of the “slave-free” brand, Belgian Barry Callebaut, was no longer able to write letters after the discovery of salmonella contamination in June and extensive cleaning afterwards.

source: telegraph

The brand recently informed its customers that lettering bars will not be available this year, asserting that the reason is “out of our control.”

salmonella contamination

Barry Callebaut, one of the world’s largest chocolate makers, supplies Tony’s and other producers with liquid chocolate. At the end of June, salmonella contamination was discovered during production in Wieze, near Sint-Niklaas. The result: the entire plant had to be shut down and cleaned. Barry Callebaut told Tony that production will resume “soon,” and no tainted chocolate has been delivered.

But just last month, chocolate was supposed to be produced for Sinterklaas Letters, Tony writes to his clients. The reopening of Barry Callebaut’s factory comes too late to catch up.

A spokesperson for the chocolate brand says that those with a sweet tooth can put other Tony’s chocolates on their wish list. She could not say how many letters went undelivered on Thursday evening. It is not clear if other brands cannot be supplied due to salmonella contamination.

Barry Callebaut says they are still cleaning up the chocolate factory, and that they will be back in production soon.

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