French salmonella baby milk scandal 'affects 83 countries'

From BBC - January 13, 2018

More than 12 million boxes of powdered baby milk in 83 countries have now been recalled because of a salmonella scandal involving French dairy company Lactalis.

The firm's CEO confirmed the extent of the contamination risk to French media.

The products have been subject to a recall since December, after salmonella bacteria was discovered at a factory.

Lawsuits have been filed by parents who say their children became unwell after drinking the formula.

The Lactalis group is one of the world's largest producers of dairy products, with annual sales of 17bn ($21bn; 15bn),

Recalls have now been issued by the firm three times, and cover a range of products sold under brands owned by the group.

Salmonella can cause severe diarrhoea, stomach cramps, vomiting, and severe dehydration. It can be life-threatening, especially in young children.

So far 35 cases have been reported in France and another one has been confirmed in Spain.


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