Tuesday, 17 July, 2018

French supermarkets kept milk at risk of salmonella on shelves

France laments'dysfunction in baby milk recall French supermarkets kept milk at risk of salmonella on shelves
Melinda Barton | 13 January, 2018, 06:32

The government ordered the recall and a halt to the sale of the products last month.

On Dec. 10, Lactalis - one of the world's top manufacturers of dairy products - ordered a recall of 625 batches or almost 7,000 tons of products after almost 30 infants fell sick.

"There has been unacceptable behaviour, which should be punished", he told a news conference.

Lactalis - whose Picot, Milumel and Taranis brands were affected by the recall - has stopped operations at a factory in northwestern France in order to try and eliminate the risk to the public.

Le Maire said initial checks showed recalled products had remained on sale at 91 sites in France, but there were no indications so far that potentially contaminated products had been exported.

"Unfortunately we have not been able to compare our own figures" with those of health authorities, he said, "and today I can't tell you how many victims there are exactly".

Speaking from a press conference in Rome, Macron hit out at dairy giant Lactalis after major supermarkets acknowledged this week that millions of baby food products recalled in December over fears of salmonella contamination still made it onto French shelves. On Thursday, Lactalis announced the temporary lay off of 250 workers.

The market chains that sold Lactalis products despite general recall included Intermarche, Auchan, Cora, Carrefour, Super U, Hyper U and E. Leclerc.

But even after that, the products were still available at supermarkets and other retailers in the country.

Leclerc, France's biggest food retailer, said this week it had sold 984 products involved in the recall.

"I've filed a lawsuit".