Cadbury Schweppes has pleaded guilty to six more charges of violating UK food and hygiene regulations.


Cadbury, the world’s largest confectioner, appeared in a court in the UK town of Hereford yesterday (3 July) to enter the plea.


The company’s appearance in the dock came just weeks after it admitted three breaches of UK food and hygiene laws in a court in the city of Birmingham.


Last year, Cadbury recalled more than 1m bars of chocolate after some of its products were found to contain salmonella. The charges levelled at Cadbury in Hereford are also linked to the salmonella scandal, which is believed to have cost the company GBP30m (US$60.5m).


The new offences include the state of a drainage pipe and roof vent at the chocolate maker’s Marlbrook site near Leominster, the layout of the factory, the provision of drainage facilities and the cleaning and disinfection of equipment, including conveyors and storage silos.


Cadbury’s plea vindicated Herefordshire Council’s investigation into Cadbury’s operations in the county, the local authority said.


“These are serious matters, which will now be committed to Birmingham Crown Court for sentence and we will reserve further comment until then,” Andy Tector, head of the service, said.


Cadbury will attend Birmingham Crown Court on 13 Friday to hear sentencing on both sets of charges.