Cadbury fined $2 million in Salmonella outbreak

by Eric Schroeder
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LONDON — Cadbury Schweppes P.L.C. has been fined £1 million ($2 million) in connection with a Salmonella outbreak that led to the recall of more than a million chocolate bars and left at least 40 people ill.

The company pleaded guilty to nine food safety offences at earlier hearings, and was ordered to pay costs of more than £152,000 ($309,000) by a judge at Birmingham Crown Court in England.

The charges, which stemmed from an outbreak at Cadbury’s Marlbrook factory in Herefordshire, included a failure by Cadbury to notify the authorities of positive tests.

Cadbury said it has sustained charges of approximately £30 million in connection with the recall.

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