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French salmonella baby milk scandal ‘affects 83 countries’

French salmonella baby milk scandal ‘affects 83
 countries’

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The recall was issued in December and they were threatened with legal action if they sell it
More than 12 million boxes of powdered baby milk has been detected in 83 countries in a salmonella scandal involving French company Lactalis. The dairy firm’s CEO, Emmanuel Besnier, confirmed the extent of the contamination risk to French media. The products have been subject to a recollection, after salmonella bacteria was discovered at a factory. Lawsuits have become unwell after drinking the formula. A spokesman told the BBC that all countries had been informed, in Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa. The UK, US and Australia were not affected, he added. The Lactalis group is one of the world’s largest producers of dairy products, with annual sales of $ 17bn ($ 21bn, £ 15bn), It has 246 production sites in 47 countries and employs 15,000 people in France alone. Recalls by Picot, Milumel and Taranis Brands.

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The Lactalis group employs 75,000 people around the world, according to their website
Salmonella can cause severe diarrhea, stomach cramps, vomiting, and severe dehydration. It can be life-threatening, especially in young children. So far 35 cases have been reported in Spain. Another possible case is being investigated in Greece, French authorities said on Friday. In an exclusive interview in French newspaper Journal du Dimanche, , the Lactalis chief executive denied the firm. “There are complaints and we will be fully investigated,” said Mr. Besnier. He also promised the company would compensate any families affected.

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French media reported that state inspectors cleared the site as safe during an inspection in September
The company said they believe the contamination is caused by their work at their factory in Craon, in north-west France. France’s agriculture minister said products from the factory will be banned indefinitely while the investigation is still ongoing. The French government has warned the company it must expect penalties over its handling of the affair. They also threatened to impose sanctions against retailers on Thursday several major supermarket chains had been contaminated .

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