Lactalis withdraws more potentially contaminated lots of Salmonella in Spain

Ⓒ AFP – Damien Meyer – | A French policeman stands guard at the entrance to the factory of the Lactalis group in Craon during a search for the investigation on contaminated milk, on Wednesday January 17 in western France

The Spanish subsidiary of the French group Lactalis, world leader in the dairy sector, announced on Thursday the withdrawal of 37 additional batches of children’s food products potentially contaminated with Salmonella, a reason that had already forced to remove 550,000 products from Spain.

The company “has decided to voluntarily withdraw from the market all nutrition products manufactured at the Craon plant (France) regardless of the date of manufacture”, explained the statement of Lactalis Nutrition Iberia.

In December, Lactalis withdrew all products manufactured from February 15, 2017 in Craon, its factory where salmonella contamination was detected, a spokesperson said.

They collected “550,000 units of product that are being treated by an authorized waste manager,” the statement said.

The additional withdrawal comes after the French dairy giant ordered to remove from the market in 83 countries all batches of infant milk produced in the plant of Craon. This means 12 million boxes around the world.

The products concerned in Spain are mainly milk powders and cereals of the brands Damira, Sanutri and Puleva, sold exclusively in pharmacies.

A Spanish baby contracted salmonellosis after consuming milk from Lactalis. In France, 37 babies were contaminated, while a case in Greece remains to be confirmed.

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