France orders major recall of baby milk over salmonella fears

Baby formula recalled over salmonella contamination

Global recall of Lactalis baby milk over salmonella fears

Picot SL, Pepti Junior, Milumel Bio and Picot Riz branded products are involved. Company spokesman Michel Nalet told The Associated Press on Monday Dec. 11, 2017, that the "precautionary" recall both in France and overseas affects "several million" products made since mid-February.

Lactalis spokesperson Michel Nalet said on BFM Television that the products can be exchanged in pharmacies or supermarkets.

The symptoms of salmonella infection include abdominal cramps, diarrhea and fever.

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French national news agency Agence France-Presse quoted a Lactilis spokesman as saying that "nearly 7,000 tonnes" (7,700 tons) of production may have been contaminated. The company said it is taking all the necessary measures to disinfect its its machinery in the factory so that no other case of contamination is repeated in the future. The bacteria comes from the intestine of farm animals. The company ordered a first recall that has been extended to more products at the request of French authorities following new cases of infections.

Lactalis' initial recall of 12 products was deemed "not sufficient" to manage the contamination risk, according to French regulator the Ministre des Solidarités et de la Santé (Ministry of Social Affairs and Health). The infants have now recovered, the agency said.

The recall is likely to affect consumers in countries including the UK, Bangladesh, China, Pakistan and Sudan, underlining the reach of the company and the difficulty in attempting the trace all those at potential risk. However, with six more children falling ill in the second week of December, it became increasingly clear that the measures taken by the company to contain the situation had not worked. He was additionally required to tell them that salmonella bacteria could be killed by boiling the milk for two minutes, South China Morning Post reported.

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