The Cadbury Company is a well-known producer and supplier of candies in the global market. However, an issue regarding its effectiveness in candy production was discovered in January 2006. Despite this issues happening, the affected candy bars were supplied into the market resulting in the global infection and hospitalization of many candy customers.
Time of the outbreak
The company realized that there was a pipe, from a sewer, that was leaking its wastewater into the Cadbury’s milk chocolate crumb. This leakage took place for several days infecting the candy bars that were being produced with the Salmonella organisms. Thus, the outbreak of the infection occurred earlier in the year 2006 to late 2007 (Ali, et al., 2016).
The epidemiology of the Salmonella outbreak
The outbreak of the infection started with the leakage in pipes that ran through the plants of the company. The dripping wastewater that was from another pipe fell into the crumb that used to mix the ingredients for the Cadbury chocolate bars. The resulting infected chocolate bars were shipped into the global market with the Salmonella organisms on them. On average, every person that consumed the infected bars was later hospitalized. However, the exact number of infected people was never known as the impacts were on a global scale. The bars that were shipped overseas were over a million in number (B.B.C., 2006).
Cause of contamination
The exact cause of the infection was the Salmonella organisms that came from the wastewater. This fact was as well confirmed by the company’s chief executive, Mr. Todd Stitzer, in the same year.
Factors that contributed to the outbreak
The main factor that contributed to this outbreak was the leakage by a waste pipe that caused the discharge of wastewater into the candy ingredients’ mixing crumb. This error in the flow pipe was later fixed by the company (Carroll, 2016).
Analysis of the microbiology involved
The Salmonella strain from the suffering patients was determined in medical laboratories. The infected chocolates were also assessed. Later, it was found out that the two strains from the patients and chocolates matched one another. In order to end the Salmonella outbreak, the Cadbury Company recalled the remaining product that had not been released into the market. Nevertheless, the company did not disclose the information on production faulty to the public in real time.
After the infection became public, the company was accused of not being keen on its product manufacturing. As a result, the company incurred a cost of approximately £20 million. Also, the sales of the company that year fell by 14% (Walsh, 2006).
As the impact on the global scale was never known, only 37 people were found to have been infected by the consumption of the infected bars in Europe. This infection led to these people being hospitalized.
The outbreak of the Salmonella infection made the company to accept the error in production process. The company later changed its quality control measures and manufacturing processes to be as effective as possible and announced that the error will never happen again.
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