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Embattled French dairy chief breaks silence over salmonella scare

Embattled French dairy chief breaks silence over salmonella scare

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Lactalis has over 12 million packages of baby formula in 83 countries over salmonella fears
The chief executive of France’s Lactalis group on Sunday vowed compensation for salmonella-tainted baby milk, as he revealed that recalls were 83 countries. Emmanuel Besnier, told the Journal du Dimanche newspaper du jour du jour du jour du jour du jour du jour du jour du jour du jour du jour.
“We are going to draw the lessons from this crisis and set out an even stricter hygiene framework, in collaboration with the authorities,” he said. Asked why he did not have a parenting address, Besnier said: “It’s true, by nature I’m not very forthcoming.” “In a crisis like this, we act first, and perhaps I did not take the necessary time to explain things.” A total of 37 babies have fallen ill in France as a result of the contamination, health authorities said late Friday, along with a case in Spain and a suspected case in Greece, said Besnier said week after the recall was announced. The French government welcomed the pledge to reimburse victims, but said investigations would continue to determine why the contamination went undetected. Officials will also be investigated in supermarkets, pharmacies and even hospitals after the recall was announced. “Compensation is good, but money can not buy everything,” government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux told BFM Television Sunday. “When you have a case of milk on it, it has been neglected,” Griveaux said. Besnier’s explanations “at this point” have not been sufficient, he added, “will not spare anyone”, including the French state. – ‘Not hiding things’ –

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So far, a total of 37 babies have fallen ill in France Lactalis baby formulas or other infant products
Besnier’s interview included two of the first public photographs of the secretive leader in the years, at the Lactalis headquarters in Laval, western France. It came after the finance minister Bruno The Mayor summoned Besnier to a meeting on the crisis Friday, in which the chief executives agreed to pull out of the store. to February.
But Besnier did not appear with the Mayor at a press conference after the meeting, despite calls by several government officials. Hundreds of lawsuits have been filed against the group by families who have got their children poisoned by the company. Richard Ferrand, leader of President Emmanuel Macron’s LREM lawmakers in parliament, said all efforts would be made to find the causes of the crisis, and did not rule out the creation of a public inquiry, sought by opposition groups. Objective Besnier, 47, denied claims by an association of victims’ families that Lactalis had lied about the dates and number of stocks affected by salmonella outbreak. “This is false, I do not know what this claim is based on,” he said. “At no point was there any intention of hiding things.” – Harsh spotlight – Besnier also defended the decision not to inform the authorities that the internal tests had discovered salmonella on the floor and on the tiles of a dehydration tower at the company’s factory in August and November last year. “For us, these ‘environment’ tests are an alert to make sure we keep the bacteria out of the product,” he said, adding that these authorities would have been alerted to the fact that bacteria were found in the powdered milk. Created in 1933 by Besnier’s grandfather, Lactalis has grown to an annual turnover of 17 billion euros ($ 20.6 billion), making it the world’s third-largest dairy group, behind Danone and Nestle.

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The French government said there had been a “major malfunction” in the way Lactalis handled the recall
The salmonella scare has a harsh spotlight on an executive and a small company known to the public, despite employing 15,000 people in France, where milk and cheese are proudly considered part of the country’s heritage. Analysts say the crisis could dent the company’s reputation among anxious parents worldwide.
China, “said Raphael Moreau, a senior analyst at Euromonitor, said:” This reclamation can be undermined by the reclamation, which includes China.

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