The baby formula developed by the France-based firm Lactalis had to be recalled after dozens of French babies were diagnosed with salmonella poisoning. The recall will affect products designed to reach Greece, China, Peru, and Pakistan.
Lactalis announced a few days ago that some babies who had consumed the baby milk fell ill. However, the company’s announcement was not enough to curb the risk of contamination. France’s health agencies deemed the issue out of control.
- The recall will include brands like Picot, Celia, and Milumel.
- French authorities have published a list of the baby formulas that can no longer be sold or exported.
- Parents who bought the products are urged to throw them away.
The contamination with salmonella was traced back to a plant in northwestern France. All baby formulas that were produced there since February will be affected by the recall.
A French news organization learned from the company that nearly 7,700 tons worth of product will be recalled. The company couldn’t be reached for a request for comment.
Contaminated Baby Formula Lands 26 Babies in Hospital
On Sunday, the French firm said it was “sincerely sorry” for the trouble caused and the sick babies and affected families. According to the country’s public health authorities, all 26 babies infected with salmonella have recovered.
Salmonella is a life-threatening bug especially when small children and people with compromised immunity are involved. Seniors, pregnant women, and HIV patients could die from the contamination.
China is very concerned about food scares that put the health of children at risk. For instance, thousands of Chinese babies fell ill after consuming locally-produced, melamine-contaminated baby formulas in 2008. Six children died. That incident prompted Beijing to encourage the imports of baby formulas from other suppliers like Danone, Abbott, Nestle, and Lactalis.
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