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Israel's Strauss resumes chocolate production after salmonella shutdown

By Reuters

<div> <p><span class="caps">JERUSALEM</span> – Israel’s Strauss Group has begun a gradual resumption of chocolate production, it said on Monday, after a manufacturing plant was shut for five months due to salmonella.</p> <p>Chocolate products will reach store shelves in the coming weeks, the company said, adding that the renewed manufacturing was being coordinated with Israel’s Health Ministry.</p> <p>Two plants that produce the Elite brand chocolates had been throughly cleaned and undergone infrastructure upgrades as part of an overall effort to boost quality control, Strauss said.</p> <p>In late April, the Health Ministry ordered production suspended at Strauss’ candy factory near the northern city of Nazareth amid a recall that swept popular snacks off grocery shelves.</p> <p>The plant was temporarily shut after a routine inspection found traces of salmonella, a bacterium that can cause intestinal disease.</p> <p>Strauss previously projected a hit of 170-230 million shekels ($49-$67 million) to its 2022 financial results.</p> <p>($1 = 3.4468 shekels)</p> <p/> </div>