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Shortage: why some cookies are no longer available on supermarket shelves

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For the past few weeks, it has been increasingly difficult to find certain brands of cookies on the shelves. How can this shortage be explained?

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Granola, Petit Ecolier, Pim’s, Mikado… these brands are among the favorite biscuits of younger (or less) young people. However, it is currently increasingly difficult to find these cookies on supermarket shelves.

The reason for these shortages? The Mondelez group, which owns the LU brand, explains these shortages on the shelves for a health reason. A salmonella alert has indeed been triggered in a factory of one of its suppliers.

A Belgian factory

And the factory concerned is in Belgium. On June 27, traces of salmonella had indeed been discovered in a batch from the Barry Callebaut factory in Wieze, in East Flanders. The group then quickly stopped production and contacted its customers one by one to ensure that contaminated chocolate did not reach consumers.

The Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain (Afsca) has also explained that “no contaminated product ended up in the food chain and there was therefore no product recall”.

Limit availability

Nevertheless, the American agri-food giant Mondelez International has therefore had to “limit the shelf availability of several ranges of biscuits for several weeks (mainly Mikado, Petit Ecolier, Granola, Pépito, Pim’s), such as he detailed it in a press release on Monday.

Even though chocolate production in the Belgian factory started to resume at the beginning of August, “the delivery of chocolate masses (…) with the specifications necessary for the manufacture of our biscuits has not yet returned to normal, which is now delaying the production of certain references and thus causing them to be sold off the shelves,” explains Mondelez International.

Barry Callebaut, which also supplies Unilever and Nestlé, expects a “significant” impact of the temporary shutdown of its Belgian factory on its results for the last quarter.