21 suspected salmonella infections from the Strauss plant

There are so far 21 cases of suspected salmonella infections from Strauss Group Ltd. (TASE:STRS) Elite factory in Nof Hagalil. The connection has not yet been confirmed, although samples have been taken from 16 of the patients and the results will be received in the coming days. Six of the suspected salmonella patients required hospitalization.

Even if patients are diagnosed with salmonella, it will not be 100% certain that they have been infected after consuming Elite chocolate, and there are still cases of the disease in Israel, but if there are samples of Elite chocolate in the patient’s home , these can be tested.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health has published a number of errors in the way the Elite Nof Hagalil plant operated and which probably led to the introduction of salmonella. One customer had already reported that there may be salmonella in their Elite chocolate, but no testing was done by the factory after the complaint. Pigeons had entered the factory several months ago and could have been the source of the pollution. The Ministry of Health stated, among other things, that the factory’s quality control team had undergone changes during the past year, and there was temporarily no food safety manager at the factory.

The Strauss Group has 14 days to respond to the Ministry of Health’s report. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health has suspended the factory’s quality standard for three months, which means that it will not be allowed to manufacture products.

Most importantly, salmonella contamination appears to be widespread in the factory with 30 samples positive for salmonella out of 300 taken.

The affair had led to one of the largest product recalls ever to take place in Israel, involving all products from the affected factory: Elite chocolate, Elite cakes, Elite waffles, Energy snack bars, Energy chocolate-covered rice crackers , chewing gum and soft. sweets, with all expiration dates.

Strauss Group’s share price has fallen 8% since the deal began last week and has fallen 18% since the beginning of February. The share price has recovered somewhat and rose 1.68% today, giving a market value of NIS 10.5 billion.

Published by Globes, Israel business news – en.globes.co.il – on May 1, 2022.

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