Baby formula recalled worldwide over salmonella scare

Gladys Abbott
December 12, 2017

The recall includes products for export, including to China, Taiwan, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Morocco, Lebanon, Sudan, Romania, Serbia, Georgia, Greece, Haiti, Colombia and Peru. It covers hundreds of baby milk powder products marketed globally under the Milumel, Picot and Celi brands.

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

All products made there since February 15 have been recalled, Nalet said, adding that the company was taking fresh precautionary measures of disinfecting all of its machinery at the factory.

The French company, the largest dairy group in the world, said it had been warned by health authorities in France that 26 infants have become sick since December 1.

According to an AFP report, up to 7,000 tons of Lactalis baby formula products may have been contaminated, but the company is unable to confirm how much remains on sale, has been consumed or is in stock.

Then hospital care will be necessary because the dehydration caused by the illness can be life-threatening.

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But last week five new salmonella cases were reported, including one baby that had been fed a Lactalis product not on the first recall list.

"(Lactalis is) sincerely sorry for the concern generated by the situation and expresses its compassion and support to the families whose children fell ill", the company said in a statement.

The study also shows how a "biological mechanism" could strengthen tolerance to certain foods, paving the way to new allergy treatments for at-risk infants made from purified antibodies.

A French news organization learned from the company that almost 7,700 tons worth of product will be recalled.

Lactalis is a privately held company headquartered in Laval, western France. Its American subsidiary, Lactalis American Group, produces a number of popular cheese brands, including Président, Sorrento, Precious, Rondelé, and Galbani.

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