Cadbury updates testing5th July 2006
Confectionary giant Cadbury is to update its product testing following the recent salmonella scare, say government experts.
In June Cadbury’s had to recall a million chocolate bars, amid fears that the products could contain a rare strain of the bacteria.
Experts advising the government say the company is also using an out-of-date approach to risk assessment and had wrongly assumed there was a safe threshold for bacteria levels.
The firm has pledged to improve its testing procedures after samples were sent to an independent laboratory after a leak was discovered at its Marlbrook plant in Herefordshire, and the montevideo strain of salmonella was identified.
Following the incident, the government's Food Standards Agency (FSA) sought the views of the independent Advisory Committee on the Microbiological Safety of Food (ACMSF).
ACMSF experts also found there was an over-reliance on end-product testing, failing to introduce adequate checks throughout the manufacturing process such as repeatedly looking for leaks in equipment, or checking cooking temperatures were high enough.
During the ongoing investigation Cadbury's had revealed a previous contamination of its product with salmonella montevideo in April 2002 - but these products had been destroyed.
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