Israel suspends manufacturing at Strauss candy factory over health concerns

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Food products produced by Israeli company Strauss Group are displayed during a news conference in Tel Aviv, Israel March 13, 2019. REUTERS/Tova Cohen/Files

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JERUSALEM, April 28 (Reuters) – Israeli food giant Strauss Group (STRS.TA) said on Thursday the Health Ministry had ordered production to be suspended at a confectionery at the center of a recall that has swept popular snacks grocery store shelves.

Strauss, one of Israel’s largest food producers, had already closed the factory, near the northern city of Nazareth, after a routine inspection earlier this week found traces of salmonella, a bacteria that can cause intestinal diseases.

In a regulatory filing in Tel Aviv, the company said it was notified by the ministry that the facility’s production license has been suspended for three months, or until the defects are corrected.

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The ministry cited various “significant defects found during factory inspection” and lab results indicating the suspected presence of salmonella in samples taken from chocolates, Strauss said.

On Wednesday, the company expanded its recall, initially limited to more than a dozen types of Elite chocolate, to include wafers, gummies, caramels, ice cream and other snacks.

Israeli media have reported that a number of children and adults have seen a doctor in recent days for suspected salmonella.

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Reporting by Steven Scheer Editing by Jeffrey Heller

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