Published: Mon, December 11, 2017
Business | By Max Garcia

France orders worldwide recall of Lactalis baby formula

France orders worldwide recall of Lactalis baby formula

However, five new cases of salmonellosis were reported in infants this week, one of which had consumed a rice milk that was not among the recalled products on 2 December.

The French company, one of the largest dairy groups in the world, said it has been warned by health authorities in France that 26 infants have become sick since December 1.

French authorities suspended the marketing and export of certain infant nutrition products manufactured in 2017 at Craon by the LNS group (Lactalis).

Company spokesman Michel Nalet said that "nearly 7,000 tonnes" may have been contaminated, but the company could not say how much of the product is now on the market, is in stock or has been consumed. A full list of the recalled products can be found here. The company ordered a first recall that has been extended to more products at the request of French authorities following new cases of infections.

Salmonella bacteria can cause food poisoning and symptoms include diarrhoea, stomach cramps and vomiting.

While most people get well without requiring medical treatment, in some cases people with salmonellosis may need to be hospitalized.

Lactalis said it believed the contamination happened at one of its drying towers in early May this year.

Lactalis, one of the world's biggest dairy producers, said that "nearly 7,000 tons of products" may have been contaminated but it is now unable to decide the amount that is still on the market, or in stock.

The company has now recalled hundreds of milk powders available worldwide under the Milumel, Picot and Celi brands.

Following the ban, Nalet also went on a French network, informing the viewers that Lactalis products bought by them could be exchanged in their nearest pharmacies or supermarkets.

In 2015, Lactalis was rated the world's second largest dairy company with an annual turnover of £9.34bn by Rabobank - beaten only by food giant Nestlé. In this photo, a woman bottle-feeding a baby.

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