Salmonella crisis: This morning (Thursday), the Director General of the Ministry of Health, Prof. Nachman Ash, Dr. Sharon Elrai Price, Head of Public Health Services and Pnina Oren Schneider, Head of the National Food Service at the Ministry of Health, arrived at the Strauss plant in Nazareth to closely monitor the failures.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health decided to temporarily revoke the quality mark of the Strauss candy factory for three months and that work would be stopped there for the same period of time. The Director General of the Ministry of Health announced that the mark will be returned upon completion of the tests and only after the lessons are learned.
When the team arrived at the scene, senior officials made a statement, during which Prof. Ash said: “There are a number of cases of salmonella, and there is a possibility that this is due to eating products from this plant. We are examining this link. We detect an increase in salmonella reports. “Because there is simply awareness. Salmonella will spread? It depends on whether the raw material spreads in more factories. We assume it has stopped because of the cessation of work in the factory.”
Dr. Elrai-Price added: “The importance of visiting the factory is because failures have been discovered. The plant understands and does the learning process and does full-time work with the district staff and food service team. We work in cooperation so that the factory returns to safe operation quickly. ”
On Tuesday, Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz was required to address the issue and stated that “the chocolate factory will not return to activity until we make sure there is no danger to the public.” Horowitz emphasized that the issue will be investigated in depth and that the person in charge of the investigation on behalf of the Ministry of Health is the director general of fire.
According to him, the plant in question will be thoroughly inspected and we will carry out strict inspections. “There will be no compromises in this matter. I will make sure that close supervision continues and we take all necessary measures to maintain health, so that anyone who does not meet our health standard will not market products in Israel.”