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83 countries affected by Lactalis salmonella scandal: CEO

83 countries affected by Lactalis salmonella scandal: CEO

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A picture taken on January 12, 2018 shows the logo at the entrance to the headquarters of the dairy group Lactalis in Laval, western France
A salmonella scandal at Lactalis has affected 83 countries, where 12 million boxes of powdered baby milk are being recalled, the company’s CEO said Sunday in an interview with French media. “We must take account of the fact that more than 12 million boxes are affected,” he said, adding that the distributors would not be affected by this. “They know that everything has been removed from the shelves,” Emmanuel Besnier said.
Besnier, scion of the secretive family of one of the world’s largest dairy groups, promised compensation for all families affected. He said that the consequences of this health crisis for consumers, including babies under six months, were at the forefront of his mind. “It is for us, for me, a great concern,” he told the Journal du Dimanche. Hundreds of lawsuits have been filed against the group by families who have got their children poisoned by the company. So far French officials have reported 35 cases of infants getting salmonella from the powder, while one case has been reported in Spain and another is being investigated in Greece. An association representing victims says the authorities are underestimating the number of cases. “There are complaints and there will be an investigation with which we will fully collaborate.” We never thought to act otherwise, “Besnier said.

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