Lactalis recalls baby milk after salmonella contamination

Andrew Cummings
December 11, 2017

Lactalis said in a statement that the 26 cases of infection were linked to products called Picot SL, Pepti Junior 1, Milumel Bio 1 and Picot Riz.

All products made there since February 15 this year have been recalled, Nalet said.

Lactalis spokesperson Michel Nalet said on BFM Television that the products can be exchanged in pharmacies or supermarkets.

The French economic ministry has published a list of 620 batches of Lactalis products that have been recalled and banned for consumption and export, which equates to nearly 7,000 tonnes of goods.

Salmonella symptoms include severe diarrhoea, stomach cramps and vomiting.

Lactalis spokesman Michel Nalet told France-based news agency AFP that "nearly 7,000 tonnes" of production may have been contaminated, but the company is now unable to say how much remains on the market, has been consumed or is in stock.

Lactalis believes the salmonella outbreak can be traced to a tower used to dry out the milk powder at its factory in the town of Craon in northwest France, according to AFP. The company was disinfecting all of its machinery at the factory as a precautionary measure. It is caused by intestinal bacteria from farm animals, is risky for the very young and the elderly due to the risk of dehydration.

Of the families of 18 infants who have been contacted, eight were hospitalised but all have now recovered.

A limited recall was originally put in place but regulators later found the measures put in place by Lactalis were "not sufficient to manage the risk of contamination".

French officials have ordered the global recall of several baby formula milk and baby food products made by the country's dairy giant Lactalis after the discovery of salmonella bacteria. He was additionally required to tell them that salmonella bacteria could be killed by boiling the milk for two minutes, South China Morning Post reported.

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