French retailers sold baby milk despite possible Salmonella contamination

From BBC - January 11, 2018

France's finance minister has threatened to levy sanctions after major supermarkets admitted selling possibly contaminated baby milk.

Retailers Carrefour and Leclerc have admitted selling products from the dairy group Lactalis that were supposed to be recalled over a Salmonella scare.

The Systeme-U, Auchan, and Casino retail giants also sold the products.

Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire described the lapse as "unacceptable behaviour, which should be punished".

At a news conference in Rome, President Emmanuel Macron also called for those responsible to be punished, and insisted that France was able to ensure food security.

Lactalis, one of the world's largest producers of dairy products, issued a recall in December for of all products made at its factory in Craon in north-west France, after discovering salmonella bacteria at the site.

The recall covers a range of powdered milk marketed globally under the Milumel, Picot and Celi brands, and affects products shipped outside of France.

Carrefour said on Wednesday it had sold 434 boxes of baby milk that should have been withdrawn and Systeme-U said it had sold 384 boxes.

Leclerc has admitted to selling 984 affected products and Auchan said it had sold 52.


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