Cadbury facing salmonella scare prosecutionThe confectionery giant faces charges

23 April 2007

Cadbury will be prosecuted over a salmonella scare in which a million chocolate bars were recalled, it was revealed today.

The confectionery giant is accused of placing 'unsafe' chocolate products on the market, Birmingham City Council said.

The company will also be prosecuted over an alleged failure to 'immediately inform' the authorities about the contamination.

Cadbury Limited will also be prosecuted under a third charge of failing to 'identify hazard' from chocolate bars contaminated with salmonella and of failing to identify 'corrective actions'.

Each of the three offences carries a maximum penalty of unlimited fines and/or two years in prison, Birmingham City Council said.

Salmonella outbreak

Cadbury has been summonsed to appear before Birmingham Magistrates' Court on 15 June.

The prosecution follows an extensive investigation by the council's public health officers in the wake of the salmonella outbreak.

The first two alleged offences involve breaches of General Food Regulations 2004. The third offence is an alleged breach of Food Hygiene (England) Regulations 2006.

Cadbury said in a statement: 'We have fully co-operated with the authorities throughout their inquiries and we will examine the charges that have been brought.

'As there is now legal action pending, it would be inappropriate for us to comment further.'

© The Press Association, All rights reserved.